$1.5 million allocated toward Brooklyn Strand
Two projects envisioned by the community as part of the Brooklyn Strand just got a major boost from Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams.
“Parks are our great equalizer, the backyard for all New Yorkers who don’t have one, turning people from someone living next door to you to your neighbor,” Adams said. “This year’s capital budget enforces that investment in Brooklyn’s parks is not just good for our environment, but for the health of our children, our families, and our neighborhoods.”
As part of his FY16 capital budget for parks, the Borough President allocated $1.5 million dollars toward the Brooklyn Strand – a 40-acre series of disconnected parks, plazas, and greenways that stretches between Borough Hall and Brooklyn Bridge Park.
“The Brooklyn Strand offers enormous potential to create a world-class promenade and gateway to Brooklyn,” said Tucker Reed, President of the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership. “Over the past year, we have worked with more than 40 community groups to develop a vision for what the Brooklyn Strand could be, and we applaud the leadership of Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams for committing significant funds to two projects identified as part of the initiative.”
One million of the funds will go toward re-opening the Brooklyn War Memorial, an effort we highlighted at a Memorial Day weekend event honoring local World War II veterans. The War Memorial in Cadman Plaza, dedicated in 1951, was built to serve as a learning center and permanent tribute to Brooklynites who fought for their country in WWII. A wall in the main auditorium is inscribed with approximately 11,500 names of Brooklyn service members who died during the war. For decades, the memorial served as a community facility for veterans’ groups, arts organizations, and Community Board 2. But over the years, the building’s condition deteriorated, such that by the early 80s, it was closed to the public.
“Under the leadership of Borough President Adams, the memorial can fulfill its promise of becoming a self-sufficient education and Veterans center,” said Toba Potosky, President of the Cadman Park Conservancy. “This memorial, once restored, will honor those among us who serve our nation, and may their sacrifice inspire future generations and lead to universal peace.”
In addition to the funds for the Brooklyn War Memorial, Borough President allocated $500,000 to transform the backyard of Borough Hall into an iconic public space for all Brooklynites to enjoy. This allocation will help the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership jumpstart efforts with public and private sector partners to see this project to completion and create a grand entranceway to the Brooklyn Strand’s southern end.