Speaking at the board’s regular monthly meeting on April 17, Greg Mays, chairman of the committee, said the panel has received a $1,500 grant from the Citizens Committee of New York.
Mays said the grant will go a long way toward establishing Friends of Railroad Park, which will take the lead in fundraising for and maintaining the park on 129th Avenue between 172nd and 176th streets.
Citizens Committee for New York is an organization that works with grassroots groups, particularly those in lower-income neighborhoods, to fund volunteer-led projects and organizations that other agencies do not.
Mays told the board last month that the committee is working with the Long Island Rail Road, which owns land adjacent to the existing park, in an effort to eventually expand the park.
He said on April 17 that they soon will be sending mailers to residents living in the area around the park in an effort to secure their support and ideas.