New York CIty Council Member Ben Kallos

Resilient Parks

Council Member Ben Kallos Investing in Resilient Waterfront Parks

Parks are more important than ever as we seek refuge from tiny apartments that weren’t built for a pandemic. Working alongside Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney as Co-Chair of the East River Esplanade we have now secured $874 Million for a resilient waterfront. This is on top of a $3.3 million renovation of Carl Schurz Playground, $1 million for a new pool and basketball courts at John Jay Park, a $2.9 million expansion of Sutton Place Park, $1.4 million in security cameras for hard to patrol parks, and having a new conservancy for almost every park. We even opened indoor tennis for free or low-cost year-round. Ben worked with students to even make parks pesticide free.

As Borough President, Ben Kallos will:

  • Reclaim our waterfront to build a green resilient ring around Manhattan.
  • Invest in parks in every neighborhood.
  • Foster conservancies and residents to care for every park.
  • Enforce the ban on toxic pesticides that Ben wrote to keep our parks and playgrounds safe.
  • Activate every park with activities for youth and seniors.