City Parks Foundation Launches Newtown Creek Website

by Heather Van De Mark on

City Parks Foundation, the administrator of the $7 million mitigation funds of a NYS lawsuit, has launched it’s Newtown Creek Environmental Benefit Project website. Similar to the GCEF’s $19.5 million, this $7 million is reserved for “community environmental benefit projects in the areas proximate to the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant.” This includes areas in Greenpoint, Hunter’s Point, Sunnyside and West Maspeth (see map – PDF).

Based on extensive community outreach, New York State Department of Conservation identified and allocated money to nine projects–four primary and five secondary, see below. Primary projects have been ranked in order of priority. And secondary projects will only be implemented if there are remaining funds after the primary projects are implemented.

The CPF Newtown Creek website will serve to update the public on each of the projects as new information is available. Currently, only the Greenpoint Boathouse and Environmental Center, Constructed Wetland Pilot Project, and Dutch Kills Basin Park Acquisitions projacts have active web pages.

City Parks Foundation provides free and accessible arts, sports, education and community-building programs within NYC 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.