Borough president allocates millions to Brooklyn parks
by Andrew Shilling
Sep 03, 2014 | 4071 views | 0 0 comments | 164 164 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Brooklyn parks are in line for a $5.2 million boost in funding in Fiscal Year 2015 from the borough president’s office.

The 10 percent funding increase from Borough President Eric Adams will overhaul portions of Eastern Prospect Park, make bus access improvements in Brooklyn Bridge Park, and alloocate $500,000 for new playground equipment in McGolrick Park in Greenpoint.

“It does not matter if you are young or old, if you are rich or poor, our parks bring together Brooklynites of every age, race and income level,” Adams said.

Additionally, a $1 million allocation to Bushwick’s Heckscher Playground comes in addition to a previously allocated $1.25 million from Councilman Rafael Espinal earlier this year.

“Safe, clean parks are vital to a healthy community and a top priority for me,” said Adams. “I'm a firm believer that you don't have to be the hippest neighborhood to have the coolest parks."

Espinal and Bushwick Councilman Antonio Reynoso previously allocated money in the city budget to local parks following a push from the East Brooklyn Congregation (EBC), a local church network.

Reynoso allotted $750,000 towards a new a $1.5 million comfort station in Green Central Knoll Park back in June.

An EBC spokesperson said the group would not make any comments on their park restoration proposals, as they plan to meet with the Adams in the coming weeks to review their own plans.

With two major parks in his district, Councilman Stephen Levin said he looks forward to working with Adams towards carrying out the new improvements.

“Parks like Brooklyn Bridge Park and McGolrick Playground are some of the finest in New York City and it is important that we continue to invest in them,” Levin said. “The capital investments made into these parks and those throughout Brooklyn will beautify our cherished green spaces and our borough as a whole.”

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