Greenfield and Felder Unveil New Park
in Borough Park
Councilman David G. Greenfield was joined on Tuesday, July 9 by Senator Simcha Felder (D-Brooklyn), 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
project – the first new park in Borough Park in modern history. The park’s amenities include a large running track, a tennis court, basketball hoops, two new turf fields, a tot lot, an area for 5-12 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. 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 just a 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,” Councilman Greenfield said. “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.”.
Senator Felder, Chair of the Senate’s Children and Families Committee and New York City Education Subcommittee, added, “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.”
Legislation Creates Municipal ID Card
Mayor Bill de Blasio signed legislation on Thursday, July 10 to create a municipal ID card for all New York City residents. The legislation paves the way for the creation of a municipal ID for all residents of the five boroughs who meet the program’s proof of identity and city residency requirements. The city will immediately initiate implementation of the program, with the goal of launching the new identification card in January 2015. The Mayor also announced today that the card will be issued at no cost for applicants during the program’s first year.
Municipal ID will be an accessible and safe document that will ensure access to city services and
grant admission to all municipal buildings. The city is also working toward having the ID be recognized by banks, as well as connecting the ID with stores, restaurants, cultural institutions, discounts and other incentive programs. The city will continue to expand and improve upon the municipal ID card program and benefits after the launch date.
To ensure broad and easy accessibility, the city will establish walk-in enrollment centers in trusted community institutions around the boroughs, and will post the application online so applicants could complete it prior to visiting a walk-in center. In addition, the city will create mobile enrollment units that can travel to neighborhoods that do not have walk-in centers. The city will also ensure that the outreach and application processes are accessible to people with limited English proficiency and people with disabilities.