De Blasio Announces 11 Sites Added to Community Parks Initiative

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Posted: Tuesday, September 26, 2017 7:27 pm | Updated: 3:27 pm, Wed Sep 27, 2017.

NEW YORK, N.Y. -- Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York City Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP, announced the next set of parks added to the Community Parks Initiative portfolio C, the city's first major parks equity initiative investing $318 million to revitalize everyday community parks that have received less than $250,000 over the past 20 years. With 67 park sites to receive full reconstruction with the additional 11, CPI is one of the largest data-driven park equity programs in the nation, with 500,000 New Yorkers within a short walk of one of the parks.

"When we talk about improving parks in New York City, were really talking about improving the lives of New Yorkers," said Mayor Bill de Blasio. The Community Parks Initiative focuses on parks and neighborhoods that have faced the most historic disinvestment and serve dense, growing populations C so every New Yorker can be proud of their neighborhood park.

"Since 2014, the Community Parks Initiative has brought New Yorkers together to improve their parks and playgrounds, and in doing so, to strengthen their communities. With the addition of eleven more parks to the program, thousands more will now have the opportunity to reimagine and rebuild their most precious resource: their shared public space," said NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP.

Launched by Mayor de Blasio in October 2014, CPI is a multi-faceted investment in the neighborhood/local parks that are located in New York Citys densely populated and growing neighborhoods where there are higher-than-average concentrations of poverty. CPI is NYC Parks' first major equity initiative and part of the Mayors OneNYC: The Plan for a Strong and Just City.

SOURCE: City of New York

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