“They’re back and they’re beautiful,” said Cecil Smith, enjoying his first spring morning in Fitler Square, sitting on one of the square’s 14 new benches. Smith says he enjoys the atmosphere of Fitler – one in which residents invest their time and energy to making the park a nice place to be. “It’s an admirable enterprise. It’s quite marvelous.”
As he says it, Admirable and Marvelous walk up in the form of Judy Romano Zimering and Derek Freres, devoted Fitler Square Improvement Association (FSIA) board members who have helped lead the park through a recent era of impressive physical improvement, in partnership with the Department of Parks and Recreation and Councilman Kenyatta Johnson.