New York Mayor Bill de Blasio announced last week that the city is set to double the amount of funding that goes to the city’s Community Parks Initiative. Almost 70 parks will benefit from the massive investment of $285 million in capital dollars through 2019. The popular program works diligently to improve historically under-funded parks throughout the city, particularly in neighborhoods with high concentrations of poverty.

Martin Luther King playground

The CPI program was created in 2014 and has since been working to improve 35 parks around the city. Now, thanks to the new boost in funding, the initiative will expand their work to 67 parks until 2019. The renovations and upgrades will include such things as adding new basketball court pavements, vibrant garden areas, and general aesthetic improvements.

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At the press conference, Mayor de Blasio explained the importance of the CPI program to the city’s overall health and well being. “Every New Yorker deserves access to clean, safe green spaces, no matter what neighborhood they live in. By doubling our investment in historically underserved neighborhood parks, we are significantly improving the quality of life of families and children across this city. Our sustained investments in additional neighborhood parks will expand the Community Parks Initiative’s impact to 3 million New Yorkers – ensuring countless more families and children will have a revitalized park right in their neighborhood.”

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Images via Community Parks Initiative website