Shirley Chisholm State Park partially opens in Brooklyn

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Brooklyn residents enjoyed the opening of a new state park during the Fourth of July weekend.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the opening of the first phase of Shirley Chisholm State Park on July 2.

The initiative cost $20 million and includes hiking, biking, fishing and picnicking opportunities for park goers. The park is set behind the backdrop of Jamaica Bay with rolling hills in the distance.

The facility is named after the first African-American congresswoman and first African-American woman to run for president.

The new park is part of Cuomo's Vital Brooklyn Initiative, which calls for more community parks, gardens, playgrounds and recreation centers for the borough.

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