Community Parks Initiative

Nine more NYC parks slated to be fully rebuilt

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Garrison Playground, in the Bronx, is one the parks that will be rebuilt. (Courtesy NYC Parks)
Garrison Playground, in the Bronx, is one the parks that will be rebuilt. (Courtesy NYC Parks)

It’s not just New York City’s Anchor Parks that are receiving renewed attention: Earlier this week, the city announced that nine additional parks would be fully renovated as part of the ongoing Community Parks Initiative (CPI).

The CPI is $285 million project that was launched in 2014 and aims to improve “historically under-funded parks in densely populated and growing neighborhoods with higher-than-average concentrations of poverty,” according to a press release. 60 parks will be rebuilt and 100 more sites will receive “targeted improvements and enhanced programming,” such as “new pavements for basketball courts, new plantings, and aesthetic improvements.” The CPI—which also features an annual $2.5 million budget for ongoing park maintenance—is also part of the Mayor de Blasio’s oneNYC plan, which broadly aims to encourage economic growth, ecological sustainability, and resiliency, all while reducing inequality.

“For health, for relaxation, and for happiness, great neighborhoods need the great neighborhood spaces the Community Parks Initiative creates,” said Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, in a press release. “This is why CPI is not only an investment in parks—it’s an investment in the well-being of millions of New Yorkers for generations to come.” The nine parks to be renovated are:

Bronx

· Garrison Playground
· Playground 174
· Playground 134
· Plimpton Playground

Brooklyn
· La Guardia Playground
· Weeksville Playground

Manhattan
· Abraham Lincoln Playground
· Audubon Playground

Queens
· Almeda Playground

According to the press release, 35 of the inaugural CPI parks have already broken ground on construction. 12 other parks are in the design phase and more sites will be added to the initiative next year.

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