McCarren Park Participatory Budgeting Neighborhood Assembly Recap

by Lucy Zappone on

Last week at the Participatory Budgeting assembly, a group of our neighbors came out to learn about the process and share ideas of how to use the money to improve our community. Lisa Bloodgood, the constituent liaison and environmental advisor for CM Levin, presented how Participatory Budgeting works and what kinds of projects are eligible for funding. Eligible projects are between $35,000 and $1 million, and should include physical improvements to structures or the surrounding environment (i.e. no salaries for someone to do something.) We looked over the projects that won money last year to get a better understanding of what ideas the community was/is interested in supporting.

Then the group started brainstorming ideas of projects to benefit our community. We came up with over 20 ideas (see below) and voted on our favorites from the list. The top 6 ideas were:

  • Community Garden at Bedford and South 10th
  • Compost Bins in McCarren Park
  • A District Wide Book Mobile
  • Bathrooms in Marcy Playground
  • Benches with Solar charging stations and WiFi
  • Sand Boxes in Playgrounds around the District

It’s not too late for you to share your ideas
You can submit them online at until November 3rd. If you are interested in becoming involved in the process there is a need for Community Facilitators and Budget Delegates, you can find more information on those positions at or This is a great way to support your community!

Other brainstorming ideas that didn’t get a lot of votes

What Where
Van for Senior Transportation Northside Senior Center
Boiler Northside Senior Center
Upgrades for library (Computers, shelves, chairs, etc.) Greenpoint Public Library
Street Repairs DUMBO
Basketball Court repairs PS 16
Street Improvements / Safety Improvements Meeker Ave (under BQE)
Countdown clocks at crosswalks McGuinness Blvd
WiFi McCarren Rec Center
Solar lights Greenpoint / Williamsburg waterfront
Bathrooms McCarren Park
Waterfront benches Greenpoint/Williamsburg waterfront
Garbage cans Kent Avenue
Station upgrades / maps Hoyt-Schermerhorn station
Historic marker signs District wide
Weatherization Borough Hall
Street safety / improvements IS 318 / Harrison
Public WiFi / Charging Stations District wide
Security cameras NYCHA
Lucy Zappone

Lucy Zappone

Lucy is currently pursuing her masters degree in Urban Affairs at Hunter College. Originally from Seattle, Lucy has lived in New York since 2005 and in the charming Greenpoint neighborhood since 2010. Lucy is very excited to be interning with GWAPP and can be found at one of the many coffee shops in Greenpoint working away.