Mayor Adams, NYC Parks Marks Important Milestone Towards Recovery With Over 100 Projects Beginning Construction T
March 13, 2022
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417 million capital investments for more than 100 projects suspended during the COVID-19 pandemic will go into construction this spring
Projects focus on sustainability and equity: 86% of projects include sustainable features, 62% are located in underserved neighborhoods
Mayor Adams and Commissioner Donoghue inaugurate the $2.2 million renovation of the Saratoga Playground at the Brownsville/BedStuy border
NEW YORK – New York City Mayor Eric Adams and New York City Department of Parks and Recreation Commissioner Sue Donoghue announced today that the city will open 104 previously paused park projects this spring, an increase an incredible 142% increase in park construction plans over 2021. Adams and Commissioner Donoghue made the announcement at Saratoga Playground in Brownsville, where the city broke ground on a complete playground renovation at 2.2 millions of dollars.
“New York’s parks are not luxuries, but necessities – playing a vital role in building community and nurturing our physical, mental and emotional health,” said Mayor Adams. “Parks can be great equalizers, which is why every New Yorker, regardless of zip code or color, deserves access to a park. This $417 million investment to revitalize more than 100 parks , playgrounds and green spaces is an important step in our recovery that will pay dividends for generations to come.
“The pandemic lockdown has proven how important parks and open spaces are to all New Yorkers and we couldn’t be happier to move forward with more than $417 million in development projects. capital assets that update, improve and redesign our parks and playgrounds for community members. who rely on them,” said Parks Commissioner Donoghue. “There’s no better place to make this announcement than Saratoga Park in Brooklyn, where we’re completely modernizing a neighborhood playground that hasn’t seen major upgrades in over 20 years.”
Previously suspended in purchases due to the construction pause related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the more than 100 park improvement projects, which are expected to start this spring, represent more than $417 million in investments, making the city’s public green spaces more sustainable, accessible and vibrant.
Over 86% of these projects include sustainability features such as LED lighting, rain gardens, planting new trees, on-site rainwater catchment, and the use of recycled and resilient materials. Additionally, 62% of projects are in underserved neighborhoods, as identified by the Racial Inclusion and Equity Task Force. These projects are expected to take 12-18 months to complete; New Yorkers will be able to enjoy 100 newly renovated park projects in their neighborhoods by summer 2023.
Mayor Adams and Commissioner Donahue made today’s announcement at Saratoga Park Playground in Brooklyn. Saratoga Park is a treasured community park on the border of Brownsville and Bedford Stuyvesant. It is the second largest park in the Historic District and is home to a bronze and pink granite memorial dedicated to the residents of the community who gave their lives during World War I. The play area is currently under construction and will soon have new play equipment including swings, a power shower, a children’s play area, floor play, new lighting and restoration of the surrounding lawn. The $2.183 million project is funded by the city council and is expected to be completed by spring 2023.
“As warm weather approaches, I commend Mayor Adams for calling on the city to resume renovations to our park spaces across the city,” said new York State Senator Kevin Parker. “It is important that we provide safe green space options in downtown communities for our young people and their families to enjoy during the spring and summer months. »
“I look forward to the completion of Loreto Park and the other parks in my district,” said new York State Assemblyman Michael R. Benedetto. “I am especially pleased that construction of the living 9/11 Memorial Pole at Ferry Point Park will begin this spring. For years, I have drawn attention to this solemn memorial dedicated to the victims of September 11, donated by the Prince of Monaco. Located at the highest elevation in the park, it offers visitors sweeping, unobstructed views of lower Manhattan. I commend the Adams administration for prioritizing the flagpole project.
“As someone whose district is blessed with the beautiful 500-acre forest park, I cherish our green space,” said new York State Assembly Member Jenifer Rajkumar. “Parks clean the air we breathe, promote our mental and physical health, and bring everyone together to enjoy nature. They are the ultimate egalitarian public good, serving people of all backgrounds. Mayor Adams knows that all New Yorkers, including those in underserved areas of the city like mine, deserve access to a world-class park and his latest initiative will provide just that.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed countless disparities in our society, including access to state-of-the-art parks and green spaces that all families deserve to enjoy in their own neighborhoods, regardless of zip code,” said Queens Borough President Donovan Richards Jr. “I look forward to a spring full of shovels in the dirt across Queens as we expand our network of sustainable recreation and relaxation spaces for all of our families, especially those in historically underserved communities.”
“Two years now into this pandemic, New Yorkers have seen how parks, playgrounds and public spaces can revive and restore our communities,” said New York City Council member Shekar Krishnan. “We need to build more parks, plant more trees and do it faster than ever. Inaugurating over 100 new park projects this spring is a great start and I’m excited to be working with the Mayor on this effort.
“This initiative is another sign that our mayor is committed to weathering the pandemic as we move forward with plans for a greener, more sustainable New York City by pursuing projects in our parks,” said New York City Board Member Joann Ariola. “New York City parks are an integral part of our communities.”