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ASLANY: Marsha P. Johnson State Park Tour


Thursday, June 22, 2023 @ 6:00 pm EDT
Thursday, June 22, 2023 @ 8:00 pm EDT


Marsha P. Johnson State Park
90 Kent Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211




Start: Thursday, June 22, 2023 @ 6:00 pm EDT
End: Thursday, June 22, 2023 @ 8:00 pm EDT



Marsha P. Johnson State Park is a seven-acre waterfront park located along the East River in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn. On February 1, 2020, the park was renamed in honor of Marsha P Johnson*, a Black trans woman who was a pioneer of the LGBTQ civil rights movement. To celebrate Pride Month, Starr Whitehouse has teamed with ASLA to offer a tour of the renovated park. We will walk through the park and discuss the history of the site, the community engagement process, the design, how the park has performed since reopening, and future memorial projects being undertaken in the park.

We will meet just inside the entrance at North 8th and Kent Street

1 LACES CEU/HSW (Pending)

There will be a happy hour afterwards, approximately 7:15pm, generously sponsored by Landscape Forms.

Tour guides:

Leslie Wright – New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation | New York City Regional Director

Patricia Kirshner – New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation | Capital Project Manager

Jeffrey Poor, RLA, ASLA, LEED AP – Starr Whitehouse | Principal, Studio Director

Michael Haggerty, AICP, Assoc. AIA – Starr Whitehouse| Principal

Molly Lenore – Moey, Inc.  Cofounder and President

Tom Fein – NV5  Principal Landscape Architect

*Marsha P. Johnson, a Black trans woman, was an LGBTQ civil rights activist and prominent figure in the Stonewall Uprising. She was a founding member of the Gay Liberation Front, an activist with ACT UP, and co-founded STAR along with Sylvia Rivera. Born in New Jersey, Marsha moved to Greenwich Village after graduating from high school with just a few dollars at her disposal. She turned her hardships and her struggles with mental illness into activism for others, participating in demonstrations with ACT UP and raising awareness of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in New York City. She passed away in 1992 at age 46 and is remembered as a pioneer of the LGBTQ movement. 

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