June 21, 2016
Overall, this is shaping up to be a good year for our city parks. Advocates from across the city signed NY4P’s letter to the mayor and the city council, came to the Rally 4 Parks, contacted their elected officials, and supported our work. Together we let City Hall know how important open space is to New York communities, and we have city a budget that reflects that.
Mayor de Blasio dramatically increased the seasonal budget to deal with the enormous increase in park and playground use. The City Council also made some significant increases to the Parks Department budget. We can now look forward to better park maintenance during the summer months, a longer beach season, the preservation of essential staff positions, much-needed funding for tree stump removal, and increased access and improvements to parks and playgrounds across the city.
The budget, funded by a combination of mayoral (M) and City Council (CC) money, includes:
This budget shows that Mayor de Blasio and the City Council, under the leadership of Parks Committee Chair Mark Levine and Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, understand the importance of our open spaces. It is a big step in the right direction, and with your help we’re going to build on this momentum next year.
To everyone whose dedication, advocacy, and support helped make this happen: Thank you!