Green dreams for neighborhoods along Newtown Creek
by Daniel Bush
Nov 22, 2010 | 5723 views | 1 1 comments | 96 96 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The City Parks Foundation has $10 million to spend on environmental projects along Newtown Creek, thanks to a 2008 settlement with the state over a botched upgrade to Greenpoint’s wastewater treatment plant.

The non-profit foundation has spent months gathering community input on ways to spend the money. A list of 45 possible projects was whittled down to 22.

Ideas for improving the waterfront and surrounding neighborhoods on both sides of the creek range from modest proposals to impossibly expensive pipe dreams the City Parks Foundation deemed well beyond reach.

Dreaming is fun, though.

Below is a list of some of the proposals (the rough cost estimates included were made by the foundation).

A $5 million Greenpoint Boathouse and Environmental Education Center, a combination boat-skills-training, storage and education facility at 1155 Manhattan Avenue.

The creation of an $8.5 million St. Saviour’s Park at the abandoned site, located at Rust and 58th streets in Maspeth.

A comfort station ($1.5 million) and handicap accessible spiral slides ($1.75 million) at McCarren Pool, two unfunded items in the city’s current overhaul of the landmark swimming hole.

McCarren Park renovations to improve the field house, tennis courts and lighting, estimated between $1.3 million and $7.3 million.

A $2 million West Street Greenway Project in Greenpoint.

$200,000 for environment-related educational materials for the Queens Library and Cultural Center at Hunters Point.

A Wetlands Rehabilitation project along the creek, to cost $2 million.

$1 million to study the Pulaski Bridge for ways to increase space for pedestrians and cyclists.

$2.4 million for the creation of The Green Eggs Wetland Project, a wetlands-themed open space with biosculptures on North Henry Street.

Renovations to Barge Park, including a $500,000 dog run. The tiny park is located at Commercial Street and Dupont and West streets.

$4 million-plus renovations to American Playground, on Franklin Street between Milton and Noble streets.

$150,000 to $650,000 in funding for phase two work- site preparation and temporary programming- on a Greenpoint Monitor Museum, at 56 Quay Street.

Funds for a $1 million feasibility study of a pedestrian bridge over Newtown Creek.

A Velodrome for bike racing, estimated at $1 million, at a site to-be-determined.

In Queens, people can vote for their favorites ideas on Wednesday, December 1, from 3 to 8 p.m. at the Court Square Library, located at 25-01 Jackson Avenue in Long Island City.

Brooklynites can voice their opinions on Thursday, December 2, from 3 to 8 p.m. at P.S. 34, located at 131 Norman Avenue in Greenpoint.

Representatives from the City Parks Foundation will be on hand at both locations to answer questions. The State Department of Environmental Conservation will make a final decision on which project, or projects, will receive funding.

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