Borough president announces $7M in funding for Brooklyn parks

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Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams announced today that $7 million in funding is being distributed to 10 parks across the borough.

Adams announced the program at Harold Ickes Playground in Red Hook to highlight the work of a group of teens from the Red Hook Initiative who came up with the idea to transform the space to a BMX bike/skate park and more.

Jamel Evans, 17, and John Texidor, 20, created the plan three years ago. The duo then recruited additional young people who helped attend participatory budgeting hearings at the Red Hook Initiative.

The group ran into one problem – participatory budgeting is only for projects under $1 million, so they advocated for additional funds by getting signatures and support around the neighborhood.

Their efforts caught the eye of Adams, who donated $1 million to help their plan come to life.

The other funding will be split among Wingate Park, Prospect Park, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Fort Greene Park, Bildersee Playground, Paedegat Park, Thomas J. Cuite Park, Bridge Plaza Community Garden and Tilden Playground.

All of the money for the parks will be coming in from the borough president's fiscal year 2018 capital budget.

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