Saturday, April 19, 2014
"Larger, more destination-level parks get the bulk of city capital funds, while smaller, neighborhood parks are left to scrape by." Holly Leicht of New Yorkers for Parks
We've spent 1/2 billion dollars on destination level parks in Chelsea, yet we've not create parks that meet the real needs of seniors, east Chelsea residents and other age/location groups.
Park Chelsea has got a Seed grant from Citizens Committee NYC that will pay for some demonstration projects on adding facilities to our parks to better meet community needs. It not a lot of money so, BIDS and Conservancys will pay for their own installations,, we will Kickstarter for Donations, and ask the City to chip in for larger items. here's what we'd like from the city...
here's what 3 million dollars can get us for neighborhood parks
200 sidewalk parks = $400,000
20 Block Park (aka /block community spaces parklets )@50,000 =1 million
20 transformations of our centralized park/plazas/POPS into swappable parks @50,000 each
part time recreation specialist at every park =$500,000
So 3 million dollars (the cost of one new supermarket sized centralized park) gets you 220 new convience store sized parks and 20 park renovatuions.
The Park Chelsea Plan will truly turn our public spaces s from parks for some of the poeple some of the time to parks for all of the poepl all of the time.