BROOKLYN REPORTER: In Public Service – August, 27 2019
Maloney introduces bill to fix parks
U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney has introduced legislation to make it easier for community leaders in cities like New York to establish community gardens and revitalize their local parks.
Maloney’s bill, the Revitalizing Cities Through Parks Enhancement (RECIPE) Act would establish a $10 million grant program to assist non-profit community groups. The non-profits would obtain leases for vacant, municipally-owned lots. The grant funds would help the groups set up the community gardens and parks.
“Most cities don’t have the space or resources to create these community parks, so it’s up to us to step in,” said Maloney, whose district includes Greenpoint and other parts of North Brooklyn. “We have the power to turn vacant lots into gardens and parks which will beautify our neighborhoods, increase property values and provide safe, clean areas for our children to play. Open spaces and community parks are a critical part of urban infrastructure.”
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