Additional support for Bushwick park upgrades
by Andrew Shilling
Jul 09, 2014 | 1459 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Two Bushwick parks are headed for a major upgrade after local elected officials and city representatives agreed to allocate roughly $4.65 million for the renovations.

Council members Antonio Reynoso and Rafael Espinal secured funding for the projects, proposed by the East Brooklyn Congregation, at Heckscher Playground and Green Central Knoll Park in this year's city budget. Now additional support is bringing the plans one step closer to fruition.

It was reported last week that the Parks Department has also agreed to pitch in and spend $750,000 towards a new comfort station at Green Central Knoll Park and $900,000 toward a new turf field at Heckscher Playground.

Additionally, a representative from Borough President Eric Adams’ office announced last week that the office would also fund an additional $1 million toward Heckscher Playground, bringing the total for the park at Flushing and Central avenues to more than $3 million.

“Open space equity is an issue that matters to my administration, and we showed it with our commitment to the future of North Brooklyn’s parks,” Adams said in a statement. “Every community in Brooklyn deserves a safe, fun place for active and passive recreation.”

It was also previously reported that Councilman Rafael Espinal has agreed to allocate $1.25 million to Heckscher Playground for construction of a turf field, adult exercise equipment and bleachers.

"We are very pleased to receive the funding to build a comfort station at Green Central Knoll and a turf field at Heckscher Playground,” said Yolanda Coca, a leader with the EBC.

The funding announced by the Parks Department at Green Central Knoll Park also comes in light of a previously designated $750,000 from Councilman Antonio Reynoso for a new comfort station.

In addition to the $1.5 million comfort station, the total proposal for Green Central includes a synthetic turf athletic field, pitcher's mound, dugouts, additional lighting and a park overhaul plan.

“Now it's time to get these projects built," Coca said.

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