Manhattan Times: “We need to feel like we matter, too”

By Erik Cuello

August 5, 2015

City Councilmembers Mark Levine and Eric Ulrich have announced legislation that would provide military veterans and people with disabilities a discount of up to 80 percent on memberships at Parks Department recreation centers.

While many NYC Parks programs are available at little or no cost, an adult membership at a Parks Department recreation center requires an annual fee of $100 or $150.

“These groups — veterans and people with disabilities — we want them out of their homes, we want them to take care of their bodies and socialize with other New Yorkers,” explained Levine. “If we can lower the barrier a little bit, by discounting the fees, then we are all for it,” he added.

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