2013-01-18 / Top Stories

Liu: Park Projects Go Slooooow

Comptroller John Liu Comptroller John Liu City Comptroller John Liu announced that the Parks Department’s failure to monitor its capital construction projects had allowed almost half of those projects to finish late and 10 percent of those to go significantly over budget in Fiscal Years 2010 and 2011.

“New Yorkers and visitors alike love our parks. Repairs and upgrades must be better managed not only to reduce wasteful spending, but also to minimize the duration of park closures,” Liu said. “The Parks Department can do better.” In FY2010-FY2011, the Parks Department completed 315 capital construction projects, at a cost of $496.3 million. Liu’s audit found that: 149 (47 percent) of those projects finished late.

The projects were 218 days late on average. Also, 30 projects combined to rack up $10 million in cost overruns, over and above the additional $8.6 million in contingency allowances for overruns that they burned through.

Liu said the audit was launched in response to numerous complaints from New Yorkers, including calls to the Comptroller’s 212-NO-WASTE hotline, and after independently assessing that an examination of the agency’s capital projects was warranted.

The audit recommended several steps that the Parks Department should take to better ensure that projects are completed on time and within budget.

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