$28.8M plan makes recreation a priority in Newark
The Ledger details the parks plan previously announced by City Hall. The excitement about new and rehabilitated parks was palpable among those present when Booker noted this in his State of the City address earlier this year.
We live in walking distance of Independence Park, which has had two soccer fields rebuilt in the time that we’ve been here. Without a backyard for our daughter, we’re there several times a week meeting up with other families or just letting her run around on the playground, and we frequently walk the dog through here. It’s a huge asset to our neighborhood, and the Ironbound would be a completely different place without it — so I’m psyched that Newarkers throughout the city will be able to enjoy new green space in their own neighborhoods.
Nearly 45 percent of the money is being raised through private philanthropy, a symbol of Booker’s national celebrity that has made him a frequent campaigner for presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama. The Trust for Public Lands, alone, is providing $5.4 million for these projects.
“Any connection I have, I’m trying to get a park out of a person,” Booker said.
Unlike some of Booker’s more intangible initiatives undertaken in his first two years in office – such as updating the city’s technology, bolstering ethics laws and fixing the city’s broke budget process – the parks project is something that residents can see and touch.
It’s a tried-and-true way for politicians to leave a legacy.