December 2002- Capital Project of the Month
Bloomingdale Park, Staten Island
The project of the month for December is Bloomingdale Park in Staten Island. Excellent work was exerted on behalf of the Design staff members, including David Carlson, Steve Desnoyer, Jim Mituzas, Renata Sokolowski, Rachel Kramer, Tom Cirillo, Bernadette Grullon, Hui Mei Grove, Jon Jadrosich, Bill Gotthelf, Eric Lee and Karl Lawrence.
As part of the seventeen million-dollar plan, the city will construct five new ballfields, three athletic fields, six basketball courts, and four tennis courts as well as trail systems through two natural areas. In total, approximately 20 acres of parkland will be developed for active recreation and an additional 30 acres of natural area will be made accessible through improved trails. The new plan meets the rising demand on the South Shore, one of New York City's fastest growing communities, to provide additional active and passive park areas for youths and seniors. Staten Island Borough President James P. Molinaro and Council Member Lanza joined the Mayor and Commissioner for the announcement.
The plan set forth today provides much needed recreational facilities for the people of Staten Island while preserving the parkland in the City's greenest borough," Mayor Bloomberg said. "The South Shore is one of the City's fastest growing communities and these facilities will be spread throughout the area so that residents will not have to travel long and far to enjoy the City's many recreational resources.
This plan strikes a balance between the Department of Park and Recreation's two priorities of providing recreational facilities and programs and acting as the principal steward of its natural areas, for all New Yorkers. Residents of the South Shore will be able to have new places to play sports and improved access to two of its remaining beautiful forests.