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Greenpoint Residents Choose Environmental Projects to get $7M in State Funds

Posted By Jessica Dailey On January 17, 2011 @ 4:36 pm In Brooklyn,Green Space,News | No Comments

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Last fall, New York State awarded Greenpoint $7 million dollars because the city royally polluted local waters during its upgrade of the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant [1]. Over the last few months, the City Parks Foundation [2] polled residents on what types of waterfront projects they would like to see the money go towards, and the results are in. North Brooklynites want new wetlands, more trees, and a new boathouse along the Newtown Creek.

The top three, decided by 700 respondents, include acquiring the Dutch Kills Basin in Queens; rehabilitating the wetlands along the bank of the creek; and the Greenpoint Boathouse, which would extend the waterfront esplanade, restore the bulkhead in Newtown Creek, and include an educational facility. Other projects that made the top ten were additional renovations at the McCarren Park pool [3], including waterslides and a new bath house; tree planting and stormwater management along West Street; a bicycle racing facility (supported by the City Parks Department); and an architectural study to restore the Pulaski Bridge.

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Despite community support, the projects that received the most votes are not guaranteed to be built. City Parks Foundation President David Rivel stressed that the state Department of Environmental Conservation is not required to fund projects that received the most support. A final decision is expected in weeks. 

“The state wants to fund projects that have broad-based support, but there are a host of factors to consider, including the distance the project is from the [Newtown Creek] Wastewater Treatment Plant and the likely cost or feasibility of the project,” Rivel told the Brooklyn Paper [4].

While many community members are pleased with the results, many still worried that the money would be spent on projects that the government should already be funding. A 2005 rezoning resulted in the promise of several waterfront parks for the area, few of which have come to fruition.

Read more about the proposals in the here [5].

Via The Brooklyn Paper [4]

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URLs in this post:

[1] upgrade of the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant: http://www.water-technology.net/projects/newtown/

[2] City Parks Foundation: http://www.cityparksfoundation.org/

[3] McCarren Park pool: http://www.mccarrenpark.com/

[4] Brooklyn Paper: http://www.brooklynpaper.com/stories/34/2/wb_greenpointvote_2011_1_14_bk.html

[5] here: http://www.brooklynpaper.com/stories/33/45/wb_greenpoint_2010_11_05_bk.html

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