Brooklyn, NY – On Tuesday, Councilman David G. Greenfield was joined by Senator Simcha Felder, Brooklyn Borough Parks Commissioner Kevin Jeffrey, and P.S. 192 Principal Liset Issac in the unveiling of Borough Park’s brand new park space located in the rear of P.S. 192 on 47th and 48th Streets and 18th Avenue. This new park will serve thousands of nearby residents who previously lacked access to outdoor space within a reasonable proximity.
Both Councilman Greenfield and Senator Felder funded this multi-million dollar project – the first new park in Borough Park in modern history. Some of the park’s amenities include a large running track, a tennis court, basketball hoops, two new turf fields, a tot lot, an area for 5 to 12 year-olds and a play area specially designed to accommodate children in wheelchairs. In addition, the park has maps and games painted on the asphalt and more than 25 trees and numerous benches planted and installed. To ensure that all children have a space to play, the playground will also contain ramped play equipment, ground level play features, accessible swings, wheelchair-accessible tables, and drinking fountains. This park is one of few in Brooklyn that include specific features for differently-abled children.
“I’m so proud that we have literally turned a wasteland into a beautiful new park in our community. As a Councilman, funding our community’s parks has been one of my top priorities because everyone enjoys our parks. We all need open space to enjoy some fresh air, exercise and play with our kids and grandkids. I especially thank Senator Simcha Felder and Brooklyn Parks Commissioner Kevin Jeffrey for working with me year-round to make sure that our community has beautiful open spaces,” said Councilman Greenfield.
“For many years, the standard joke was that Borough Park didn’t have any parks. Thanks to the Schoolyards to Playgrounds Program and the additional resources which both Councilman Greenfield and I secured, this park promises to be one of the best in the City,” said Senator Simcha Felder (D-Brooklyn), Chair of the Senate’s Children and Families Committee and New York City Education Subcommittee. “The opening of this park has long been eagerly awaited by the entire community. It is gratifying to see the culmination of a project we began more than seven years ago when I was in the City Council which will benefit so many children and seniors who rely on the City’s parks for recreation and exercise. I commend Councilman Greenfield for seeing this wonderful park through to completion and thank him for his leadership on this issue.”
Students at P.S. 192 will use the park during school hours, and the public will have complete access to it after school and on weekends and holidays until dusk. Since taking office, Councilman Greenfield has secured over $15 million in funding for our neighborhood parks – more than any other Councilmember in New York. Greenfield is working to renovate every single park and playground in his district including Gravesend Park, Seth Low Park, Di Gilio Playground, Friends Field, Kolbert Park, Colonel Marcus Playground and the Ocean Parkway Malls.