This week Mayor Bill de Blasio and NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver announced that a staggering $15 million in funding has been set aside for the city’s park rehabilitation program, Community Parks Initiative (CPI). Thanks to contributions from eight of the city’s conservancy partners, the funds will go towards bettering green space in various CPI neighborhoods through 2018.
The Community Parks Initiative was launched by the mayor in 2014 as a way to rehabilitate underfunded parks in neighborhoods that see a higher-than-average rate of poverty. The initiative has already invested $285 million to renovate parks around the city, such as the Fountain of Youth playground in the Bronx and Manhattan’s Martin Luther King Park. To date, 60 parks have been completely revamped or drastically improved and another 25 are slated for renovation in 2016.
“Every child deserves bright, green space right in their neighborhood – and this essential support from our city’s conservancies will help us make this a reality. I commend Senator Squadron for putting forward a proposal that sparked a critical conversation around how to improve smaller parks in less wealthy neighborhoods and engage the city’s park conservancies in that effort,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “I want to thank all of our conservancy partners and their boards for their long-standing partnership with the city, which not only helps ensure some of our most heavily utilized and well-loved parks remain vibrant, but now also brings their resources and expertise to bear on our city’s neighborhood parks in need.”
Images via Community Parks Initiative website