Carmine Carro Community Center Opens In Marine Park
and will offer health and fitness programming
On Friday, March 1, Parks Commissioner Veronica M. White joined Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, City Council Member Lew Fidler, State Senator Martin Golden, State Assembly Members Alan Maisel and Helene Weinstein, and the family of Carmine Carro to cut the ribbon on a brand new $16.3 million community center in Marine Park, Brooklyn. The event also showcased fitness classes which will be held at the center.
The project was funded with generous allocations of $13.32 million from Mayor Bloomberg, $1.38 million from Council Member Fidler, $1.1 million from Senator Golden, $500,000 from Assembly Member Maisel and $30,000 from Assembly Member Weinstein.
The Center is free to the public and will be programmed by Millennium Development, a local organization which will host fitness, exercise, nutrition and healthy lifestyle classes for seniors and active adults. They will also offer cultural and art programs such as painting, photography, music, knitting and crocheting. Computer learning classes will consist of navigating the internet and instruction on the use of video chatting like Skype to communicate with out of town friends and family. Youth programs will also be hosted by Millennium, such as inter-generational tutoring and mentoring, computer classes, cultural and recreational programming and youth leadership groups. Millennium Development has previously hosted similar classes at the Salt Marsh Nature Center.
The building is an example of the City's commitment to an environmentally-friendly 21st century, and features many “green” elements including solar panels, a geo-thermal heating and cooling system, and a vegetated roof. It houses multi-purpose rooms for recreation and community programs, fully accessible bathrooms, a kitchen, skylights, administrative offices, parks operations headquarters and storage space. The project is seeking Silver LEED Certification.
Carmine Carro (1935 – 2005) was born not far from what was then known as City Park (now named Commodore Barry Park), Brooklyn’s oldest park. His love of his borough’s green spaces was established there, and parks would continue to feature prominently in his life. As President of the Marine Park Civic Association for 16 years, he organized the annual Halloween Festival to entertain thousands of costumed visitors. He was Park Warden for Marine Park for five years. Mr. Carro also served as Vice Chair of Community Board 18, a member of the local school board, a trustee for the Flatlands Volunteer Ambulance, and was a founding member of the Hendrick I. Lott House Board.
Marine Park, Brooklyn’s largest park, consists of 530 acres of grassland and salt marsh, protected as a Forever Wild preserve. Among its amenities, Marine Park is home to the Salt Marsh Nature Center and the Gerritsen Creek Nature Trail to observe unique regional flora and fauna. Recreationally, the park offers a golf course, bocce courts, cricket fields, and baseball diamonds. The park also contains multiple playgrounds, bicycle greenways, and a launch and landing site for canoes and kayaks at Gerritsen inlet.
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