FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, June 02, 2021
21st CENTURY PARK SYSTEM: NYC PARKS UNVEILS $20.3 MILLION TRANSFORMATION OF FAIRVIEW PARK ON STATEN ISLAND
Previously undeveloped parcel of land transformed into community greenspace
Fairview Park Playground is one of more than 800 capital projects completed during Silver tenure—building a more equitable park system for all New Yorkers
NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP, today joined Staten Island Borough President James Oddo, City Council Member Joseph Borelli, Community Board 3 Parks Committee Chair Al Klingele, and community members to officially cut the ribbon on the completion of Fairview Park. This project is one of more than 800 projects completed under Commissioner Silver’s leadership, advancing the City’s mission to build a more equitable 21st century park system.
“Green spaces are critical to the health and well-being of the surrounding community,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “I thank NYC Parks and our partners across government for helping transform Fairview Park into an urban oasis.”
“Fairview Park has long been underused and we’re excited to unveil these new amenities to the children and families of Charleston just in time for the summer,” said Commissioner Silver. “As Commissioner I’ve prioritized working to ensure that all New Yorkers have access to quality parks, and it’s outstanding to see these underused spaces transformed into community assets. Thanks to the generous investment from our local and federal partners, we’ve transformed this space into a recreational oasis that will better serve Charleston and the surrounding communities.”
"It's another great moment to appreciate the value of outdoor spaces in our Staten Island community," said Staten Island Borough President James Oddo. "With the addition of fields, courts, fitness equipment, paths and more at Fairview Park, our residents will have much to look forward to in the upcoming summer months. I encourage all of you to explore the borough's natural spaces and take advantage of the results of this project. Many thanks to Parks for their efforts in making a great outlet for Staten Islanders to enjoy."
“I am very excited to see Fairview Park come to fruition on the south shore,” said Council Member Joseph Borelli. “This momentous expansion of parkland in our community will provide much needed space for a multitude of recreational activities, from the new bocce and baseball fields, pickleball, adult fitness areas, and will complement the new adjacent library which is currently under construction. I welcome Staten Island residents to come and partake in some outdoor summer fun.”
This $20.3 million project transformed a 23.5 acre parcel of previously undeveloped land into a brand new sprawling green space which accommodates active and passive recreation. Fairview Park boasts a brand new multi-purpose field, baseball field, pickleball, tennis, and bocce courts, an adult fitness area, a picnic area, an ADA-compliant multi-use trail, parking facilities and much more.
Among the new amenities, the multi-purpose synthetic turf field replaced the multi-purpose field at New Dorp Park which was damaged beyond repair by Superstorm Sandy. The new and improved John D’Amato Field features new bleachers, a misting post, goal posts and an advanced drainage system. A separate project to construct a comfort station at Fairview Park is currently in construction and is expected to be completed by Fall 2021.
Funding for this project was made possible by the Mayor’s Office, the Staten Island Borough President’s office, the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and the City Council.
The Fairview Park site was transferred from the NYC Department of Citywide Administrative Services to NYC Parks in 2003. It is also the new home of John D'Amato Field, formerly in New Dorp Park. The original field, dedicated in 2011 to Staten Island attorney, community leader and athlete John D'Amato (1955-2007) was damaged by flood waters from Superstorm Sandy in 2012.
800+ COMPLETED CAPITAL PROJECTS
Under the leadership of Commissioner Silver, since 2014 NYC Parks has completed more than 800 capital projects across the five boroughs, advancing the City’s mission to build a more equitable park system for present and future generations. Under this administration, the agency has brought our park system into the 21st century, with guidelines focused on resiliency and access and leading with a data-driven approach to increasing park equity. Parks has also improved its capital process in order to take on more projects and complete them faster. Through these strategies, the agency has reimagined how we invest in parks across the city, including those in communities with the greatest need for open-space improvements that had not seen investment in decades. Parks’ 10-year capital budget is $5.2 billion—the completed projects over the past seven years represents a $1.96 billion investment.