New York: On Parks, Mayor de Blasio Is Seen as Friend, Foe and in Between

Betsy Head Park in Brooklyn is an example of a neglected, midsize park that advocates say need more city funding. Mayor Bill de Blasio's Community Parks Initiative directs money only to small parks and playgrounds, ranging in size from a half acre to two acres. Credit Uli Seit for The New York Times

Betsy Head Park in Brooklyn is an example of a neglected, midsize park that advocates say need more city funding. Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Community Parks Initiative directs money only to small parks and playgrounds, ranging in size from a half acre to two acres. Credit Uli Seit for The New York Times

Lisa W, Foderaro writes:

“In Mayor Bill de Blasio’s proposed budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1, he allocates $1.27 billion to parks, including $150 million over four years to expand his program devoted to long-neglected parks and playgrounds in low-income neighborhoods.

Yet last month, scores of parks lovers, advocates and elected officials turned out for a rally at City Hall, calling on the mayor to make a greater investment in parkland, which makes up 29,000 acres, or 14 percent, of New York City. Among other things, they were asking Mr. de Blasio to make permanent an additional $8.7 million for gardeners and maintenance workers that both he and the City Council added last year during the final budget negotiations.”

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