Tale of Two Parks: Disparities in City Parks

by Heather Van De Mark on

The NY Times online had a really interesting and informative article on the disparities in New York City’s parks: “A Little-Known Reason for Disparities in New York’s Parks.” While it doesn’t mention any parks in North Brooklyn, the article does mention other parks in Brooklyn, as well as a new advocacy group, New Yorkers for Parks.

It’s an aptly timed article following the recent OSA CommComm public forum that took questions and suggestions from residents on any and all issues related to North Brooklyn parks. And it’s a good reminder that not too long ago, CM Levin introduced $1 Million Participatory Budgeting to our district and that several of the suggestions included improvements to parks area, including one of the winners–adding a dog run to East River State Park.

Excerpt from the article:

The disparities between the Sheepshead Bay and Canarsie sections of Brooklyn, which share the same blue-collar demographic, stem from a little-noticed budget reality: With many smaller capital projects, the parks department is often constrained by the preferences of City Council members and borough presidents.- A Little-Known Reason for Disparities in New York’s Parks

Heather Van De Mark

Heather Van De Mark

Heather is a designer/writer specializing in non-profit organizations and social causes. Originally from central NY, Heather settled into the charming Greenpoint neighborhood in 2011. While most of her community activism takes place from behind a computer screen, Heather can often be found at CB1 meetings, the McCarren Park track and any of the parks along the waterfront.