NY4P Statement on $16.25 Million Parks Budget Increase

Thursday, June 19, 2014

The Mayor and City Council agreed Thursday night to add $16.25 million to the Parks Department's budget. 

The increase includes:

  • $8.75 million for 200 full-time maintenance workers and gardeners
  • $5 million for 80 Parks Enforcement Patrol officers
  • $1 million for tree pruning
  • $750,000 for stump removal
  • $750,000 for a neighborhood parks equity fund for "friends of" groups

Statement from NY4P Executive Director Tupper Thomas:

"Addressing park inequities begins with the public budget, and this significant increase, for which the Council and de Blasio administration are to be commended, is a great start. The addition of 200 full-time maintenance workers and gardeners will boost on-the-ground accountability, and the added 80 PEP officers will help alleviate quality of life issues. The Council has delivered on its commitment to neighborhood parks."

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