Thanks to your ongoing support, 2012 marked many milestones for the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway.
In June, the NYC Department of Transportation released the Implementation Plan for the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway, after years of community-based planning and interagency coordination by Brooklyn Greenway Initiative (BGI) and our partners.
This year, BGI also was able to renovate and move into a new storefront office space at 153 Columbia Street, just across from the greenway. We are thankful for the foundation capacity funding and in-kind donations that made this move possible, and we invite you to stop by and learn more about our work.
Please help us continue this momentum by making a 2012 tax-deductible year end gift to Brooklyn Greenway Initiative.
The Implementation Plan details 23 capital projects along the route, including future improvements to the five miles of greenway currently in use on Kent Avenue, Williamsburg Street, Flushing Avenue and Columbia Street. Three new greenway segments costing $38 million are fully funded and in design: West Street in Greenpoint, Flushing Avenue at the Navy Yard and Water Street in DUMBO.
This year Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz allocated $1.5 million in the NYC 2013 capital budget to initiate funding for the Sunset Park Connector segment from Smith Street to 39th Street and Second Avenue.
We also secured an additional $540,000 in capital funding from the NYS Department of State to build the Naval Cemetery Landscape along the greenway at WilliamsburgStreet.
This year we saw the use of greenway segments grow dramatically, with over 2,500 cyclists commuting along Flushing Avenue daily, making it one of the top three bike commuter routes in the city. Participation at our monthly cleanups, outreach events, benefits and bike tours continued to grow, with nearly 500 people joining the 4th Annual Brooklyn Waterfront Epic Ride this summer.
In 2013, we will continue the development of open spaces along the greenway route and we will develop green infrastructure design guidelines so that the greenway helps reduce combined
sewer overflows of raw sewage into the East River and New York Harbor. If we succeed in securing funding, by the end of the year we will begin construction of the Naval Cemetery Landscape, nearly two acres of native plant meadows dedicated to pollinators, which will provide greenway users with an effective escape from the urban built environment.
While millions of dollars are being allocated for construction of the greenway, none of this funding supports BGI’s operating budget. We must raise these funds separately, primarily from private contributors like you.
We need your support to sustain the momentum. Our effectiveness as an organization hinges on your continued financial support.
Please include Brooklyn Greenway Initiative in your year-end giving by making a tax-deductible gift today using the enclosed form or on our secure donation page. If your company has a corporate matching gift program or you wish to make a contribution through a donor advised fund, gift of securities, or family foundation, please contact Brian McCormick at 718.522.0193 or email@example.com.
Thank you for your support and have a happy and healthy holiday season!
Brian McCormick, Meg Fellerath and Milton Puryear