NYC will resume their 100+ park projects that were put on hold due to COVID. Mayor Eric Adams and the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation Commissioner, Sue Donoghue, announced that these projects will resume construction this spring.
In a press release, $417 million will be given to make these parks and playgrounds better. The construction will put in sustainable features like rain gardens and on-site stormwater capture as well as LED lighting. Of the 100+ projects, 62% will be created in underserved neighborhoods.
“The pandemic lockdown proved just how important parks and open spaces are to all New Yorkers and we couldn’t be happier to move forward on more than $417 million in capital projects that update, improve, and rethink our parks and playgrounds for the community members who rely on them,” said Parks Commissioner Donoghue. Mayor Adams adds that having these places in our city is “nurturing our physical, mental, and emotional health."
New Yorkers can expect these parks to be ready for play by the summer of 2023.
Saratoga Park in Brownsville has already begun its $2.2 million renovation. The park has not received an update in over 20 years.
“I look forward to a spring full of shovels in the dirt across Queens, as we broaden our network of sustainable spaces of recreation and relaxation for all our families, especially those in historically underserved communities,” said Queens Borough President Donovan Richards Jr.
More information on the park upgrades can be found here.