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September 10, 2018 / Brooklyn news / Starrett City / Brooklyn Is Awesome

Bklyn’s new state park named for pioneering African-American pol

Big plans: Gov. Cuomo announced on Sept. 5 the name of the new park — the Shirley Chisholm State Park, which is named in honor of the Brooklyn-born politician who became the first African-American Congresswoman in 1968. He also announced that the state would invest $20 million in the project, up from the $15 million commitment he made in January 2018.
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Brookyn’s biggest state park will be named for legendary Rep. Shirley Chisholm, the nation’s first black, female congresswoman, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced this week.

The state will invest $20 million — up from $15 million announced at the beginning of this year — in the new 407-acre Shirley Chisholm State Park, the governor announced on Sept. 5.

The park will open as part of Cuomo’s $1.4-billion health initiative Vital Brooklyn, and honor the legacy of Chisholm, who won her congressional seat in 1968, ran for president four years later and fought for the health and well-being of her most disadvantaged constituents throughout her time in office, according to the governor.

“Shirley Chisholm led the fight to improve the health and wellness of underserved communities that we carry on today with the Vital Brooklyn initiative, and we are proudly naming this park after her in admiration for the example of leadership and devotion she set for all of us,” he said.

The vast green space will be the largest state park in all five boroughs and will stretch across the former Pennsylvania Avenue and Fountain Avenue landfill sites adjacent to East New York.

The largest park in the borough will remain the city-owned Marine Park, at 530 acres.

The first phase of the park will open 3.5 miles of waterfront, providing new access to open space in one of the most underserved areas of the state, according to the governor’s office.

The state will then seek ideas from residents for what should go in the park, with meetings kicking off in the fall of 2019, with the completion of the design process set for 2021.

Proposed features of the new park include an amphitheater for live events, an environmental education center, lawn patios, and a cable car or a connector bridge over the water between the Pennsylvania Avenue and Fountain Avenue properties, according to the governor.

Under an agreement with the National Park Service and the city, New York State Parks will plan, develop, and operate the park in cooperation with the Department of the Interior, the National Park Service and the city’s Department of Environmental Protection, which will continue to manage the former landfill infrastructure.

Open green spaces are particularly valuable in Brooklyn and can improve the lives of residents, a local pol said at the governor’s announcement on Wednesday.

“As a Brooklyn resident, I know first-hand how hard it can be to find well-maintained green space,” said state Sen. Roxanne Persaud (D–East New York). “Parks are more than just a gathering place — they are an opportunity for families to spend quality time, for children and adults to learn, and for people to take advantage of all the great outdoors have to offer. Parks help keep families close, encourage our youth to explore, and provide residents with a place to partake in outdoor recreation. I thank Governor Cuomo for spearheading this initiative and for recognizing the importance of parks in the everyday lives of New Yorkers across the state.”

Reach reporter Kevin Duggan at (718) 260–2511 or by e-mail at kduggan@cnglocal.com. Follow him on Twitter @kduggan16.
Updated 5:15 pm, September 10, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Bigots get out from Brooklyn! says:
I'm sure some local trupturd will complain because its an African-American.
Sept. 10, 6:58 am
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
I’m sure some bigoted gentrifier will try to project their racism onto actual Brooklyn residents.
Sept. 10, 10:31 am
Midge from Mill Basin says:
I'm sure people will enjoy this park.
Sept. 10, 10:35 am
Lily Von Shtupp from Twelve Oaks says:
How ironic that someone with a name ‘bigots get out from Brooklyn’ actually brings up race and is obsessed with Trump. Who is the bigot? People like this cannot be helped. They project racism onto everything and are brainwashed about Trump because they are too lazy to do their own research. Believe the media lies and you will stay on he Democratic plantation forever.
Sept. 10, 11:34 am
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
The first commenter can not respond at this time. He has very limited internet access at his facility.
Sept. 10, 3:24 pm
Bigots get out from Brooklyn! says:
^^^I told you the bigots would show up.^^^
Sept. 10, 4:43 pm
Leroy from First Houses says:
The Fountain Ave Dump? Spot the racist
Sept. 10, 5:15 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Yup, the bigot showed up in the very first comment.
Sept. 10, 7:45 pm
Bigots get out from Brooklyn! says:
Oh how clever, you bigot coward.
Sept. 10, 7:59 pm
Homey from Crooklyn says:
Y'all pussies better check under your beds every night, there might be bigots hiding there Bwahaha
Sept. 11, 7:04 am
Kwan Yip from Sheepshead Bay says:
There’s already a park named after an Afro-American : Biggie Smalls the Nutorious big park. There was an article about it in this very paper!
Sept. 11, 1:18 pm
SFNY from Greenpoint says:
I can't believe you keep a comment up that's posted with such profanity! Homey from Crooklyn should be banned from making comments here! Shame on Brooklyn Paper.
Sept. 11, 7:01 pm

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