8 Parks, $50 Million in Funding

NYC’s eight Parks Without Borders winners announced

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(Courtesy NYC Parks)
(Courtesy NYC Parks)

The Architect’s Newspaper is reporting live from the first Parks Without Borders conference at the New School today, where the New York City Parks Department is announcing the eight winners of its inaugural Parks Without Borders competition, a citizen-driven process to upgrade the nodes, edges, buffers, and “park-adjacent” spaces that form the boundaries between parks, sidewalks, and other public spaces. (Check out AN’s coverage of the competition, including an interview with NYC Parks commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, here.) Many parks have uninviting, block-long fences, poor wayfinding, or other barriers to entry that make them difficult to access. The city has allocated $50 million to refurbish the selected parks by softening their edge conditions; more than 6,000 nominations for 692 parks (over 30 percent of city parks) were made by individuals and community groups for the competition.

NYC Parks chose eight parks based on criteria that included park access, community support, and current physical conditions. Here are the eight winners:

    1. Faber Park (Staten Island)
    2. Prospect Park (Brooklyn)
    3. Fort Greene Park (Brooklyn)
    4. Van Cortlandt Park (Bronx)
    5. Hugh Grant Circle / Virginia Park and Playground (Bronx)
    6. Jackie Robinson Park (Manhattan)
    7. Seward Park (Manhattan)
    8. Flushing Meadows Corona Park (Queens)

“Parks Without Borders has engaged thousands of New Yorkers, who shared ideas for park improvements online and in person. That’s proof positive  of how excited New Yorkers are to increase accessibility and openness in their favorite parks,” said Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, in a statement. “Thanks to Mayor de Blasio’s OneNYC funding for this major placemaking initiative, we will positively transform New Yorkers’ experience of public space.”



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