New York Governor Andrew Cuomo recently announced the opening of a new state park for Brooklyn residents. The Shirley Chisholm State Park is named after the first African-American congresswoman, and is the first phase Cuomo’s Vital Brooklyn Initiative.
The plan is to open more community parks, gardens, playgrounds and recreation centers in the borough. Chisholm’s park, which is New York City’s largest state park, will be 407 acres when completed and will include ten miles of biking and hiking trails, plus a pier for fishing and picnicking. Street artist Danielle Mastrion also created a colorful mural of Chisholm for the entrance.
During the park’s ribbon cutting ceremony, the Governor shared, “Shirley Chisholm fought to improve the health and wellness of underserved communities, a legacy we are carrying on through the Vital Brooklyn Initiative so we are proud to dedicate this park in memory of her leadership and accomplishments.”
Source: Brooklyn Paper