Clifton's Luis Lopez Park will get a complete, $2.4 million renovation in the coming years, thanks to discretionary funds allocated by Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, at the request of Council Member Debi Rose. This allocation is the cornerstone of several Parks improvements included in the Fiscal Year 2018 budget.
"Just a short walk from several blocks of dense housing units and adjacent to a very active school, Luis Lopez Park is the place to be on a daily basis for many young people," said Councilwoman Rose. "It could and should be a recreation hub for thousands of children, but its facilities are outdated and do not live up to the potential of the site. Our young people need places to run, play and enjoy all that childhood has to offer, which is why I secured this funding."
"Similar to the complete renovations currently under way at four North Shore parks as part of the mayor's Community Parks Initiative, this investment in Luis Lopez Park will bring a spray shower, swingset, playground, sitting area and new safety surfacing.'" Councilwoman Rose added. "This new equipment will match the beauty of the mature trees and convenience of a true neighborhood park and playground. Open space and recreational opportunities are so important for the physical and mental health of our young people. This is an investment that will pay dividends for generations."
In addition, as a result of a public Participatory Budgeting vote in March, Councilwoman Rose allocated $500,000 to fund exercise equipment at Clove Lakes Park. Councilwoman Rose also allocated $165,015 to fund fence repair at Walker Park.
"Participatory Budgeting gave all North Shore residents a direct say in spending approximately $1 million of City Council discretionary funds," said Councilwoman Rose. "After weeks of collecting ideas and a public vote, exercise equipment at a Clove Lakes Park was one of the winners, and it will be funded in the Fiscal Year 2018 budget. This allocation and my allocation for fence repair at Walker Park will help our parks live up to their potential.”
The Fiscal Year 2018 also includes $17 million to fund the purchase of the final parcel of Goodhue Park -- a combined allocation of Mayor Bill de Blasio and Borough President James Oddo.
"Preserving open space at Goodhue Park is a priority for my constituents and me," said Councilwoman Rose. "This purchase is part of a long-term commitment the city made to the Children's Aid Society. The proceeds from the purchase of land will fund a state-of-the-art recreation center on the Children's Aid Society's remaining acreage. I thank the Children's Aid Society for patiently working with the city for an outcome that ultimately benefits all."
"The preservation of this space has been part of my one-on-one conversations with the mayor, the topic of a letter I sent to him on May 18 and a priority of mine in Budget Negotiating Team sessions,” Councilwoman Rose added. “I am grateful to the mayor and the borough president for allocating these funds, which will benefit Staten Island children for generations to come."