Posted on October 11, 2019 at 10:15 am by Carol Tannenhauser
By Carol Tannenhauser
A brand new recreation and health space supposed for tweens and youthful adults opened in Riverside Park at 76th Road this week, and it’s simply what the neighborhood ordered — actually.
Completely satisfied to report that the brand new courts at 76th St. open right now! With 5 new health options, eight benches, bike racks, a 1/2 court docket, a consuming fountain & a brand new tree, we rejoice this @nycparks undertaking. Many because of @nyccouncil Member @HelenRosenthal for funding these enhancements! pic.twitter.com/qywfn8j3jl
— Riverside Park Conservancy (@RiversideParkNY) October 9, 2019
Council Member Rosenthal and the Parks Division deserve props, however let’s give credit score the place it’s additionally due: to the Higher West Aspect neighborhood at massive, which conceived of the undertaking and voted to fund it in 2016, via a program that’s the authorities equal of a recreation present, referred to as “Participatory Budgeting.”
Right here’s the way it works:
Yearly, every of the 51 New York Metropolis Council Members is budgeted $1 million to be spent of their districts on the discretion of their constituents. Council members solicit and settle for all recommendations for potential tasks from the general public, stipulating that they have to (1) be bodily enhancements or gear (not employees or programming); (2) be situated on metropolis property; and (three) value a minimum of $50,000.
“Every thought is fastidiously vetted, after which each viable undertaking is fleshed out by our employees, volunteers and neighborhood delegates,” Rosenthal’s Communications Director Sarah Crean defined. “If a undertaking meets all standards, might be carried out with the requested funds, and the related metropolis company has indicated it’s doable, it will get placed on the poll.”
The variety of tasks on the ballet varies from yr to yr, as does the variety of winners.
“The undertaking with essentially the most votes wins, after which the following, after which the following, till we hit the $1 million mark,” Crean stated. “If we’ve got gone frivolously over the $1 million mark, generally CM Rosenthal rounds out the following undertaking together with her discretionary to assist get it performed.”
The 2019-2020 Participatory Budgeting course of is now within the suggestion stage.
“Anyone who desires to become involved within the course of can attain out to us now, suggest their concepts, and work with fellow residents to flesh out all of the proposals in November and December,” Crean stated. Right here is the link. The Participatory Budgeting hyperlink for Higher West Siders dwelling in Mark Levine’s district is here. And you’ll watch a video about Participatory Budgeting here.
Recommendations about find out how to spend $1 million to enhance the neighborhood are due November 1st.