Gulick Park Gets $650K from Local Pols for Renovation

By Patrick Hedlund on July 21, 2011 9:06pm 

Gulick Park on the Lower East Side received $650,000 in funding from local elected officials.
Gulick Park on the Lower East Side received $650,000 in funding from local elected officials.
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MANHATTAN — A long-languishing Lower East Side park is getting some new green — and it's not grass.

Gulick Park, on Delancey and Columbia streets near the Williamsburg Bridge, recently received $650,000 in funding from local Councilwoman Margaret Chin and Borough President Scott Stringer, the Lo-Down reported.

Chin reportedly kicked in $400,000 for the park’s redesign, and Stringer provided $250,000. This comes in addition to $550,000 Chin already allocated for the park, and $500,000 Stringer earmarked for it last year.

A group of volunteers from the neighborhood banded together two years ago to form the Friends of Gulick Park as away to bring about improvements to the park, which counts handball and basketball courts, a playground area, open green space and an oval-shaped area with a spray shower.

“It is paramount that we preserve and enhance open public space in this neighborhood,” Chin said in a statement, according to the Lo-Down.

“When I look at Gulick Park, I see the surrounding public housing, senior centers, and children and families who depend on this space to engage with their community and enjoy the outdoors.”

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