The Participatory Budgeting Process Progresses

by Ryan Watson on

As part of the Participatory Budget process, delegates of the Health, Environment and Food Access sub-committtee of District 33 met last night at the People’s Firehouse to review the list of project ideas proposed by the community (Full Disclosure: I’m a member of this committee and proposed the idea of a public urban farm in McCarren Park). Proposed ideas were reviewed by feasibility, level of impact on the district and the likelihood of their implementation. The committee is prioritizing project ideas that have a wide ranging benefit across District 33, as well as specific proposals for compelling local projects. The main project ideas that emerged from last night’s review revolved around using funding to install tree-bed guards, improvements to low-income medical clinics, installing bioswales in flood-prone areas, the creation of more community gardens and an urban farm project in McCarren Park (have an idea you’d like to propose? Email us!).

What are the next steps? In the next few weeks budget delegates will meet with various city agencies to hammer out details of project ideas and develop them into full proposals. Rough drafts of proposals will be reviewed at the end of January and will be presented to the community through a series of meetings in March 2013. Final proposals will be voted on by the entire district in April.

Over the next few months, I’ll put together a series of posts that will highlight specific project ideas…so stay tuned!

Ryan Watson

Ryan Watson

Originally from Los Angeles, Ryan is a relatively new but very proud resident of Greenpoint. He was drawn to Greenpoint by the strong sense of community and history of local activism. Ryan can be found at North Brooklyn Farms, the urban farm at the Domino Sugar Factory, which he co-founded or working in the 61 Franklin Street Community Garden.