Report: Brownsville lacks parks and open space

June 22, 2018 By Clarissa Sosin Special to the Brooklyn Daily Eagle
This is Brownsville's former Loew's Pitkin movie theater, which sold recently for big bucks. Eagle photos by Lore Croghan
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The independent research and advocacy organization New Yorkers for Parks published a report that revealed there is not enough available parkland in Brownsville and the parks that do exist  are in poor condition, City Limits reported.

“Quality open spaces are important for all New Yorkers, but particularly in areas where parks are suffering from years of neglect,” said executive director of New Yorkers for Parks Lynn Kelley.

Among the open space benchmarks looked at in the report were total amount of open space, tree canopy and ability to access. The study also looked at overall maintenance. Brownsville failed 10 out of 14 of these markers. 

An upcoming $30 million investment in Betsy Head Park and planned renovation of the recreation center will help the community and is a step in the right direction. During the planned work, however, access will be even worse for residents, the report said.

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