Betsy Head Among Five Parks to Receive a $30 Million Investment

A much needed improvement for the Brownsville community

August 19, 2016

MAS was thrilled to hear about the Mayor’s plan to invest a total of $150 million in five New York City Parks: Saint Mary’s Park in the South Bronx, Freshkills Park on Staten Island, Highbridge Park in Washington Heights in Manhattan, Astoria Park in Queens and Betsy Head Park in Brownsville, Brooklyn. The announcement represents a much needed commitment to investing in the maintenance of existing public assets, and recognition of the critical roles they play in improving quality of life in neighborhoods.

community groups pose for photo in Betsy Head Park

MAS has been working with partners including the Brownsville Partnership, the Brownsville Community Justice Center and Friends of Brownsville Parks to support community-based planning and advocacy since 2013. On June 4th MAS helped plan and facilitate a community discussion about Betsy Head Park, resulting in a set of resident identified priorities around activities, safety, cleanliness, facilities, open space, furniture and equipment and circulation of the park.

You can read more about the June 4th discussion and other programs MAS has partnered on in Brownsville here.

You can view an infographic containing a list of community priorities for Betsy Head Park here.

For more information please contact Joanna Crispe, Director of Community Engagement and Education, at

children play on the shore near the Brooklyn Bridge. Photo: Giles Ashford.

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