Greenpoint Gazette

Last Infusion of Funding Clears Way for McGolrick Playground Construction

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The renovation efforts for McGolrick Park has received an additional boost of $850,000 from Brooklyn Borough Eric Adams’ office, as part of a $12 million overhaul of War Memorials and parks across the borough.

Adams’ office has already allocated $1.5 million to McGolrick’s renovation efforts as part of previous fiscal budgets. This year’s surplus will ensure the completion of the construction work at the park.

“From Greenpoint to Gowanus, from Cypress Hills to Canarsie, I am investing in open space that benefits Brooklynites of all backgrounds,” said Adams. “Parks are our great equalizer, the backyard for all New Yorkers who don’t have one, turning people from someone living next door to you to your neighbor. Investment in Brooklyn’s parks is not just good for our environment, but for the health of our children, our families and our neighborhoods.”

Additional funding by Adams for North Brooklyn includes a half-million dollars for nighttime lighting and restoration of the natural turf at Hope Ballfield, a project undertaken in collaboration with Councilmember Rafael Espinal.

An additional $1 million was set aside for a project that will deck the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway between South 3rd and 5th Streets in Williamsburg, a longtime pet project of Deputy Borough President and former Williamsburg Councilmember Diana Reyna.

Funding for McGolrick Park comes after an especially intensive two year long campaign by residents living around the park who came together under the banner of the McGolrick Park Neighborhood Alliance (MPNA).

The renovations cost $2 million, which the allocated funding has now met. The funds will go primarily towards the construction of a new playground and the upkeep of the park.

“This project demonstrates that an organized community can bring results,” said Martha Holstein, of the MPNA. “Once constructed, the students from PS 110 and several other nearby schools, as well as children from around the park, will have up-to-date equipment and a safe play area for neighborhood use all year round. McGolrick Park Neighborhood Alliance is very grateful to Borough President Eric Adams and Councilmember Stephen Levin for fulfilling one of our dreams — a fully funded new playground for McGolrick Park.”

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