Levine: “Multi-faceted plan is a major step forward towards the goal of equity for all our city’s vital green spaces.”
NEW YORK -- Today, Mayor Bill de Blasio, Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP, New York City Council Speaker Mark-Viverito and Council Member Levine, Chair of the Committee on Parks and Recreation announced a huge step forward in addressing parks equity. Standing at Bowne Playground in Queens, the Mayor and the City Council announced the Community Parks Initiative (CPI), which will target 35 small, neighborhood parks through a $130 million capital investment. The framework represents a commitment to increasing the accessibility and quality of those parks that serve all of New York City's diverse constituencies in neighborhoods throughout the five boroughs.
In response, Council Member Mark Levine said:
“For years, a small number of New York City’s marquis parks have prospered, while hundreds of neighborhood green spaces languish under a stagnant Parks Department budget. Nowhere is this disparity more glaring than in the city’s low-income neighborhoods, where small parks and playgrounds have often missed out on renovations and gotten short shrift on maintenance. Today, that starts to change.
“I am thrilled that Mayor Bill de Blasio, the Parks Department and the City Council are investing in dozens of long-neglected neighborhood parks around the five
boroughs. From Thomas Boyland Park in Brooklyn to Ranaqua in the South Bronx to Carmansville Playground right here in the 7th Council District, a total of 35 neighborhood green spaces will receive million of dollars for upgrades and renovations.
“Thanks in part to significant investment by the City Council, parks in the CPI initiative will receive critical operating support to sustain these capital investments. This comes in the form of increased funding for gardeners, maintenance workers, and community partnership. Working with Partnerships for Parks, a joint program of NYC Parks and the City Parks Foundation, we'll also engage community stakeholders and help local community partners, such as friends-of groups, to build their own capacity to use, program, and be advocates for their parks.
“This multi-faceted plan is a major step forward towards the goal of equity for all our city’s vital green spaces. I’m proud that Mayor de Blasio, Speaker Mark-Viverito, the City Council, and many other leaders have stepped up to make this ground-breaking plan a reality.”
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