Elected officials call for parkland in Greenpoint
by Andrew Shilling
Jul 31, 2013 | 1195 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Kosciuszko Bridge proposal rendering
Kosciuszko Bridge proposal rendering
With limited park space in Greenpoint, there is an effort to utilize the roughly $517 million in funding for the Kosciuszko Bridge renovation as leverage for future green space.

As construction gets underway in spring of 2014, Assemblyman Joseph Lentol has proposed the state Department of Transportation (SDOT) allocate a portion of the planned funding toward community-friendly amenities.

“The neighborhood of Greenpoint already has limited park space, and we should use this opportunity to provide the community with much-needed amenities while their neighborhood is disturbed,” Lentol wrote to the Commissioner Joan MacDonald last week.

The Kosciuszko Bridge project is still in the developmental phases as contractors respond to request for proposal (RFP), however federal and state funding has already been allocated. It has a tentative completion date of spring of 2018.

Lentol is calling on the state to use portions of the project funding toward the development of new playgrounds, basketball courts or skate park in the eastern part of Greenpoint

“Not only would these amenities provide more open space for the community, but they will provide children with alternative activities which are already limited in the neighborhood,” he said.

Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney has joined Lentol in support, and also hopes the state will use a portion of the funding for park space.

“Greenpoint is a thriving community with young families who are going to be losing their only neighborhood park during construction,” Maloney said, referring to Sgt. William Dougherty Park, which will be inaccessible during construction.

“The project has always contemplated creating additional open space in the area,” she added. “New amenities that would serve the community during construction are entirely consistent with SDOT’s proposal and essential mitigation for the construction of the bridge and the loss of Sgt. William Dougherty Park.”

According to representatives from SDOT, Lentol’s letter has been received and is currently under review, however it could take several weeks for a decision to be made.

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