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OPINION: New park a fitting tribute to Shirley Chisholm

September 7, 2018 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Rep. Shirley Chisholm sits on a battered automobile, a prop in the play "Ain't Supposed to Die A Natural Death," as she addresses a theater audience in New York City on 1972. AP file photo
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Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s decision, announced this week, to name the state park currently under construction in Brooklyn in honor of the late U.S. Rep. Shirley Chisholm is welcome news.

We are excited about the new park that is being built on former landfill space along Jamaica Bay. When it’s completed next summer, it will include open space along the water, bike paths and educational facilities that will be enjoyed by families from Brooklyn and Queens long into the future.

The potential of the waterfront, its natural resources and view have been ignored for far too long.

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Rep. Chisolm, a Brooklyn native, became the first African-American woman elected to Congress. She was also the first African American to seek the Democratic nomination for president.

By naming this park in her honor, the governor will help ensure that young girls will continue to see her as proof that here is no limit on what they can accomplish.

The area, which has never been open to the public, was operated by the New York City Department of Sanitation from 1956 to 1983, before it was deeded to the National Park Service as part of the Gateway National Recreation Area in 1974.

The second largest park in Brooklyn will also include hiking trails and water-based activities such as fishing and kayaking as well as environmental education events and an amphitheater.

“This new state park will be a treasure in the heart of Brooklyn, offering hundreds of acres of beautiful parkland on the shores of Jamaica Bay,” Cuomo said.


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