The Lower Manhattan Development Corporation has just announced that Gulick Park and Playground has been awarded $900,000. Through our application and on our behalf, NYC Parks and Recreation will be given the funds in the near future. The exact timing has yet to be determined.
Out of approximately 265 applications asking for about $197 million, with only $17 million available, we were awarded nearly 25 percent of our request.
We want to thank all our supporters for attending events and really showing the city that our park is well loved but in need of renovations. We also want to thank our elected officials who expressed their support of our application directly to the LMDC: Speaker Silver, Senator Squadron, Borough President Stringer, and Councilmember Chin. Finally, Manhattan Borough Parks Commissioner Bill Castro deserves our thanks for also heavily supporting The Friends of Gulick Park and our request for LMDC grant funds.
The LMDC’s Community and Cultural Enhancement Programs sought to fund projects for
- Community facilities or programs in Lower Manhattan that are designed to support education, employment, economic development, health care services, and/or recreational or community gathering needs.
- Cultural facilities or programming in Lower Manhattan that are designed to spur long-term Lower Manhattan revitalization, and benefit area residents, workers, businesses and visitors.