Councilman David G. Greenfield held an official re-opening ceremony for the newly-renovated 18th Avenue Park in Brooklyn today, commemorating the completion of $7.25 million in major improvements to the park.
Greenfield broke ground on construction at the park in May 2015, commencing the first major improvements to this portion of the 18th Avenue Park in over 30 years. Today, after 15 months of work, the gates finally opened for the public to enjoy the new amenities, which include:
· 3 new playgrounds
· 2 new swingset areas
· 2 new basketball courts
· 2 new baseball fields
· 4 new handball courts
· 50 new benches
· 7 new water fountains
· New and improved walkways and safety surfaces
· Hundreds of new trees and plants
In addition to these improvements, a new comfort station is nearly complete and is expected to open to the public later this week.
Greenfield is one of the City Council’s strongest supporter of neighborhood parks. He is committed to renovating every single park in his district, and he has fought for and won over $35 million to get it done. Renovating the 18th Avenue Park, however, was a particularly personal project for Councilman Greenfield.
“I used to play in this park when I was growing up — and even then, it was in need of improvements. I’m thrilled that we’ve finally gotten this done so the families in this area will have a clean, beautiful, inviting place to play and rest.”
Today’s park re-opening was open to the public. Councilman Greenfield made brief remarks and officially opened the park. State Sen. Simcha Felder, Community Board 12 Chairman Yidel Perlstein, and CB12 District Manager Barry Spitzer were also in attendance.