Shirley Chisholm State Park in Brooklyn to be city's largest state park

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo revealed a plan Wednesday to bring a new state park to Brooklyn.

Shirley Chisholm State Park in East New York will be the largest state park in New York City at 407 acres. The park's namesake was the first African-American congresswoman and a Brooklyn native. She was also the first black major party candidate for president. Cuomo says he hopes her legacy will inspire others from Brooklyn.

Gov. Cuomo says the plan is all part of his Vital Brooklyn initiative. The park is expected to offer miles of bike paths, fishing, kayaking and environmental discovery centers.

Cuomo made the announcement Wednesday morning from Hendrix Street.

“We had a vision, we had an idea, and we made it happen,” said Cuomo.

Officials say the park will be fully open in the summer of 2019.

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