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Commentary/Op-Ed - June 2018

Op-Ed: Revitalizing New York’s Aging Parks Infrastructure

With more than 100 million parks visitors each year and the city’s population at a record high, New York’s 1,700 public parks have never been busier. But age and underinvestment in basic maintenance in has taken a toll. By investing wisely in parks' revitalization, these essential open spaces can continue to thrive into the next century and beyond.

by Eli Dvorkin

Tags: parks infrastructure new york city

New Yorkers are familiar with the consequences of aging public infrastructure. Exhibit A: the subways. But another vital piece of public infrastructure is also several decades old, years behind on basic maintenance, and nearing a breaking point: New York City's parks system. 

In this Gotham Gazette op-ed, CUF Managing Editor Eli Dvorkin asserts that age, record usage, and underinvestment in basic maintenance are taking a toll on New York City's public parks. Parks have benefited countless New Yorkers for well over a century; by investing wisely in their revitalization, these essential open spaces can continue to thrive into the next century and beyond.

Read the op-ed here.

This op-ed is a continuation of the Center for an Urban Future's extensive research on aging infrastructure in New York, including the recent study, A New Leaf: Revitalizing New York City's Aging Parks Infrastructure

Photo Credit: John Surico