Cooper Park Renovation

New York City Department of Parks and Recreation (NYC Parks) seeks additional funds to renovate Cooper Park, a 6.4 acre park located in East Williamsburg, Brooklyn.Cooper Park is an economically and ecologically challenged area: it is located three blocks from Newtown Creek (recently designated as a federal Superfund site), and half a block from Cooper Houses, a subsidized housing project with 1,750 low-income residents. NYC Parks has $2.4M on hand for renovations and is seeking and additional contribution of $400,000 from New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. The park is located in an area that is underserved for parks and open space: Community Board District 1 has an open space ration of .63 acres for 1,000 people. This is about half of the NYC median of 1.5 acres for 1,000 people.Cooper Park renovations will create/improve the following facilities: volleyball, tennis, basketball, handball, skate park, dog run, picnic area, and landscaping.The funds requested of the State would be applied to volleyball courts and landscaping.In addition to providing new recreation options in a disadvantaged area, the planned renovation contributes to sustainability goals by converting asphalt to greenery, thereby improving storm water management for the nearby creek.The renovated park will contribute to community revitalization, beautifying an area close to public housing projects. The renovation provides approximately 100 short and long term jobs in construction, park maintenance/operations and horticulture care. The resulting benefit will be to enhance public recreational resources, while promoting sustainability in an environmentally challenged area, and promoting community revitalization in an economically disadvantaged neighborhood.
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Park Acquisition, Development and Planning
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New York City Department of Parks and Recreation
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