The ballots are finally ready: Now it’s time to vote for some outstanding local projects suggested by your neighbors.
The vote is part of the participatory budgeting process, where local residents in several City Council districts propose how to spend $1 million on local projects and then determine which ideas are funded. Fortunately for Park Slope, both of our councilmembers — Stephen Levin in the 33rd Council District, which includes the North Slope; and Brad Lander of the 39th — are taking part in this relatively new program.
Here’s a partial list of projects up for a vote:
For Lander’s district (full ballot downloadable here):
- A media lab at the John Jay High School campus
- Computers for Carrol Gardens and Windsor Terrace libraries
- Trees for the Third Street Green Corridor
- Additional benches for Prospect Park
- Bus clocks at local stops
- More turnstiles at the Union Street station on the R line
And for Levin’s district (full ballot downloadable here):
- Tree guards for newly planted trees on three streets (proposed by members of the Park Slope Civic Council’s Forth on Fourth Avenue Committee)
- Districtwide tree planting
- Improvements to playgrounds at the Warren Houses and P.S. 38
- Gowanus Community Center upgrades
- Atlantic Avenue Gateway improvements
Each voter can choose up to five projects. For more information, visit your councilmember’s respective websites (Lander or Levin, or the Participatory Budgeting in New York City website.