BY SUE DONOGHUE
Parks are important to our communities, notably throughout these difficult occasions. At Prospect Park, we have now seen a big surge of New Yorkers escaping their flats to reconnect with nature, take a breath of recent air and stretch their legs.
As summer season rapidly approaches, it’s important we deal with how we preserve these treasured open areas inexperienced and vibrant when town and its non-profit companions are going through an unsure monetary future and doubtlessly devastating cuts to upkeep companies. This query turns into much more urgent because the climate grows hotter, and with metropolis summer season youth packages, swimming pools, and probably seashores closed.
This pandemic has made clear that New Yorkers treasure their parks, and this love will solely develop within the weeks and months forward. However to ensure that parks to proceed to supply a secure place of respite, we’d like sufficient employees to take care of our parks.
Presently, town has proposed cuts to staffing within the FY21 metropolis funds that may deliver us again to the staffing ranges of the 1970s, when town was on the peak of its monetary disaster. Our parks fell into vital disrepair, and teams like Prospect Park Alliance had been based.
Right now the monetary panorama for nonprofits is unsure, and with out correct publicly funded employees and assets, we’ll see a decline within the upkeep and well being of our parks and, by extension, our communities’ high quality of life.
Now’s the time for all New Yorkers to clarify that our parks are important to our metropolis. That’s the reason we’re partnering with New Yorkers for Parks to assist the Play Truthful Marketing campaign to guard and broaden funding to maintain our parks.
Most of this funding — a complete of $47 million — was appropriated by the Metropolis final yr and we’re asking for this funding to be maintained. This consists of funding for Metropolis Parks Staff who preserve our parks, eradicating the 1000’s of tons of trash generated within the busy summer season months; and City Park Rangers and Parks Enforcement Patrol employees who preserve our guests secure and shield our inexperienced areas: from our busy recreation paths and drives to our fragile woodlands and pure areas which might be habitats for a lot of species of wildlife.
Prospect Park is really Brooklyn’s Yard, and this summer season it can maintain much more significance as our summer season camp, staycation vacation spot, and a necessary respite from the concrete jungle. It’s important that we have now the assets to maintain our parks inexperienced and vibrant: hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers depend on us.
It is important that we keep in mind how a lot we depend on our open areas and parks in occasions of want, and to strengthen our funding now and lengthy after this disaster ends.
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