Storytelling Garden, Improved Pedestrian Safety Win Funding, Local Votes


    Earlier this month residents in seven Brooklyn city council districts had the opportunity to vote on whether or not to fund a large number of projects using money allocated by the city to each district. The process, known as participatory budgeting, is designed to give citizens more of a voice in how city funds are spent. And now council members representing three of those Brooklyn districts have announced the results of the vote.

    In District 39, which runs from the Columbia Street Waterfront, Cobble Hill and Carroll Gardens through to Park Slope, Kensington and Windsor Terrace, eight projects were funded, including $150,000 for greening Union Street and 9th Street, $250,00 for building a story telling garden at the Park Slope Library (pictured above) and $200,000 for draining a chronically muddy path in Prospect Park. A full list of projects approved by voters in district 39 can be accessed here.

    In District 33, which includes Brooklyn Heights, Dumbo, Williamsburg, Greenpoint, Boerum Hill, Vinegar Hill, Downtown Brooklyn and a section of Bedford Stuyvesant, $500,000 will be spent to refurbish a playground at Independence Towers and Wyckoff Gardens. Also allocated: $300,00 to improve pedestrian safety on Meeker Avenue, where there have been three fatalities in the last three years. A full list of projects funded in District 33 can be found here.

    In District 45, which includes parts of Flatbush, East Flatbush, Flatlands and Canarsie, $35,000 will pay for computers and a 3-D printer in the Rugby Library. Also, $40,000 will be used to fix damaged sidewalks. Click here for a full list of projects voters approved in this district.

    Council Member David Greenfield plans to announce the results of the vote in his district on Monday, his office told us.

     Photo via Friends of Park Slope Library Facebook page

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