OSA Chief Faces Criticism

It should have been a banner week for Open Space Alliance Executive Director Stephanie Thayer.

Its not that hard – OSA is a partner with the Department of Parks. OSA raises money for North Brooklyn parks, and works with Parks to develop and maintain parks in North Brooklyn. OSA’s executive director is also an employee of Parks (51% Parks, 49% OSA). In the long run, North Brooklyn should benefit from the access and control that OSA has.

But access and control mean that OSA is not going to be the parks advocate that thumbs its nose at the Mayor. Its not a sell out, it’s their role. Happily, we have other groups that can fill the advocate role – and keep the City (and OSA) honest.