New York City Council District 5 ranks 47 out of 51 in the entire city regarding green space. It is imperative that we expand the green space in our District and work to optimize the usage of the space we do have. To do this, we need to fund capital upgrades to our parks and support organizations that provide funding and upkeep to them. We also must be creative in looking at ways to enhance and expand the current green space in the District. Julie has been working hard to support our parks since taking office:
Implementing the renovation and expansion of the Community Garden at NYCHA’s Lexington Houses
Funding major capital upgrades for the Carl Schurz Park pathways, the Ruppert Park renovation, and a resurfacing of John Jay Park
Partnering with Friends of the East River Esplanade to sod and bring irrigation to the Alice Aycock Pavilion lawn
Introducing legislation to streamline processes to create community gardens
Funding popular Parks programming including family days, movie nights, yoga classes, and Esplanade concerts.
Collaborating with the Hospital for Special Surgery to ensure the construction of outdoor exercise equipment on the East River Esplanade
Julie will continue to provide robust funding to support our District’s Parks and work to find new ways to expand green space in the 5th District.