2004-01-09 / Community

Addabbo Proposes CBB For ‘Greenstreets’ Program

Addabbo Proposes CBB For ‘Greenstreets’ Program

City Councilman Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr., chairman of the Council’s Parks and Recreation Committee, has proposed making Crossbay Boulevard from Woodhaven in the north to Broad Channel in the south a Greenstreets designated thoroughfare.

Under the Greenstreets Program the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) removes drab concrete and asphalt patches from streets and replaces them with landscaped areas comprising shrubs, trees and other flowering plants. By turning thousands of traffic islands and medians into greens space, the Parks Department brings "pint-sized parks" to the doorsteps of thousands of New Yorkers.

"These garden-like traffic islands are visible neighborhood improvements that enhance community pride and property values by adding green space to the city," said Addabbo.

In 2000 the Department of Parks created the "Adopt-A-Greenstreet" program, noting that, "the care and maintenance of the Greenstreet sites is essential."

Effective December 3, 2003 the Adopt-A-Greenstreet program was superceded by the Councilman Addabbo’s sponsored Adopt-A-Park Program legislation.

The new law created an adopt-a-park program in which individual residents as well as businesses can sponsor a neighborhood park, open space or urban forest with the goal of preserving these precious city parklands.

Addabbo said that due to the increased cost of maintenance and the necessity to increase revenue for the preservation of the city’s parkland, he believes that it is appropriate to create a source of funding through community involvement and direct voluntary financial giving. He said this program is not intended to rename any park property or structure, but to recognize those individuals who seek to help the city preserve its precious land and recreational programs. Through local community commitment, this program is designed to assist all parks, from small playgrounds and greenstreets to beachfronts, pools and recreational centers.

Under the provisions of the law the sponsorship will not be for more than one year except that if the sponsor provides plantings then the sponsorship may be for a two-year term. The areas will be made available for sponsorship on a first come, first served basis. At the expiration of the sponsorship period, the existing sponsor has the right to renew for 30 days from the expiration of the agreement.

"Many individuals want to have a direct impact on their local park and this is one way of doing so", Addabbo stated. "During these tough financial times for our city, our parks are going to need all the help they could get."

Parks Department Commissioner Adrian Benepe stated that the Greenstreets program is one of the most extensive urban beautification projects to occur in New York City in this century. "Greenstreets enhance neighborhoods, increase property values and improve air quality. They turn roadside parcels into small gardens, bringing beauty and patches of green to many New Yorkers." It is Councilman Addabbo’s intent to include in the Fiscal Year 2005 Budget, which starts on July 1, 2004, funding for a portion of Crossbay Boulevard to be included in the Greenstreets Program.

For more information about the Adopt-A-Park Program or the Parks Department’s Greenstreets Program please call Councilman Addabbo’s office at 718-738-1111.

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