Mayor Eric Adams, along with he NYC Department of Parks and Recreation and NYCHA have announced their newest plan to transform Brooklyn open space, reports The Brooklyn Daily Eagle.

The pilot program, The Walk to A Park initiative, will transform and invest in over three acres of land across Queens, Brooklyn and the Bronx.

Announcement of the program was held at Pomona Houses in Queens, which has been fully reconstructed with access to new equipment, seating and landscaping.

 “For too long, our public housing agency has been siloed and left to deal with its issues and decades of disinvestment on its own,” stated Councilmember Alexa Avilés (D-Brooklyn). “For NYCHA to succeed we need city agencies to work collaboratively and deliver for public housing residents. I applaud NYC Parks, NYCHA and the mayor’s office for spearheading this interagency pilot that will deliver dignified playgrounds for all to enjoy.”

The program has plans to redevelop open space at at six NYCHA developments, including playgrounds. Locations include the Redfern Houses, Woodside Houses, Pomonok Houses, Watson Houses, Kingsborough Houses, and Sotomayer Houses. And estimated costs range from $1.2 million to a whopping $9.3 million. Listed below are the scopes for each project.

Redfern Houses ($9.3 million)  

  • Size: 50,000 square feet of NYCHA recreation area and Redfern Playground 
  • Scope: This project will reconstruct Redfern Playground and the adjacent NYCHA open space to include an upgraded ball field, basketball court, and handball court, play equipment, fitness equipment for teens and adults, and a grilling area.  

Woodside Houses ($1.2 million)  

  • Size: 6,500 square feet 
  • Scope: This project will revamp a passive seating and landscaped area at Woodside Houses with new game tables, benches, landscaping, and pathways.

Pomonok Houses ($3 million)  

  • Size: 13,000 square feet 
  • Scope: This project has re-imagined an open space at Pomonok Houses to include fitness equipment, sensory play equipment, seating, and new landscaping.

Watson Houses ($2.5 million) 

  • Size: 9,300 square feet 
  • Scope: This project will revamp a playground and seating area at 1471 Watson Houses to include new play equipment, game tables, benches, water play, landscaping, and brand new adult fitness equipment.

Kingsborough Houses ($5.1 million) 

  • Size:20,000 and 16,000 square feet 
  • Scope: This project will revitalize two playgrounds at Kingsborough Houses with new play equipment, game tables, benches, water play, and landscaping.

Sotomayor Houses ($1.9 million) 

  • Size: 9,900 square feet 
  • Scope: This project will revamp a playground at Sotomayor Houses with new play equipment, water play, game tables, benches, landscaping, and brand-new swings.

“Communities grow around the spaces we build. When we revitalize our playgrounds and open spaces, like the mayor, Parks, and NYCHA are doing in Kingsborough Houses, we create neighborhoods that nourish the families who live there. This open space initiative is exactly the people-centered project that will benefit Brooklyn and our entire city for generations,” said Borough President Antonio Reynoso.

Kimberlean Donis

Kimberlean Donis is a freelance journalist based in Brooklyn. She is a student at both London City University and Williams College majoring in Political Science, Art History, and Africana Studies.

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