2015 Participatory Budgeting Ballot
After months of hard work evaluating hundreds of project ideas, our team of volunteer budget delegates compiled the following list of participatory budgeting ballot projects. Vote on April 14-19 for your five favorite projects:
Arts, Culture, and Community Facilities:
To accompany its recent renovation, this station will receive a new art installation (specific location TBD) to serve as a major landmark and a symbol of our neighborhoods’ investments in the arts.
Location: 4th Ave. b/w 9th &10th Sts. (Gowanus and Park Slope)
Convert the branch’s south lawn into an edible garden with raised beds and benches. In the sheltered hollow behind the building, construct a child-friendly micro-amphitheater for outdoor storytelling.
Location: 431 6th Ave. at 9th Street (Park Slope)
New computers, projectors, and storage servers for three well-established, local non-profits – Groundswell, Reelworks, and Rooftop Films—to benefit the arts education of underserved youth.
The below-ground cafeteria is plagued by heat from an open kitchen and poor circulation. The space is unbearably hot Spring through Fall. The school hosts summer programs and the space is used year round
Location: 515 4th Ave. (13th St – 14th St) (Park Slope)
BNS/BCS serves 1,400 children. 50% qualify for free lunch. 30% have disabilities. Overcrowding is an issue. Renovation of a room (currently not useable) allows for physical fitness, yoga, dance, etc.
Location: 610 Henry St. (3rd Pl – 4th Pl) (Carroll Gardens)
A title 1 school with 1,000 students; 45% are English Language Learners. The renovation would make a decrepit auditorium functional with a wireless sound system, new curtains and a refurbished stage.
Location: 202 Avenue C (E. 2nd E 3rd St.) (Kensington)
A green corridor taking shape along Union St will be extended bt Bond & 4th Ave. Bioswales will capture stormwater and create habitat. Pending geotechnical study, 9th St will also be greened this way.
Location: Union & 9th Sts, Bond-4th Ave. (Gowanus)
Inclusion of a greenstreet enhancement to a pedestrian refuge to capture stormwater, calm traffic, provide stewardship partnership opportunities (like with nearby PS 154), and beautify the area.
Location: Prospect Park SW & 16th St (Windsor Terrace)
Funding to help add a kids play area to a planned park renovation. Soft, resilient surface will allow for safe play or small sports and absorb rainwater. Park is under the elevated tracks along Smith.
Location: Smith St (Luquer-Huntington) (Gowanus & Carroll Gardens)
Fix flooding along path near Dongan Oak Monument by excavating the area, reconstructing catch basins, and installing new drainage. This is a popular area for runners and pedestrians along East Drive.
Location: B/w Battle Pass & the Zoo (Prospect Park)
Restore water service to the water fountain in Thomas Cuite Park by excavating the street and replacing broken pipes. This local park has a playground and grassy area, located near the Prospect Expy.
Location: 11th Avenue and 19th Street (Windsor Terrace)
Augment an existing project to make painted curb extensions permanent with concrete, at four high-crash intersections: Kane, Sackett, Union, and Summit Streets. Improve pedestrian & traffic safety.
Location: Hicks St b/w Kane & Summit Sts (Cobble Hill & Carroll Gardens)
Install approximately 6 low turnstiles at both the 7th Avenue entrance and the 8th Avenue entrance; move unused token booth from center of station to 7th Ave entrance. End the lines!
Location: 7th Avenue F/G Subway Station (Park Slope)
Ballots will also be available in Bangla and Spanish.
This ballot was produced by the design firm MTWTF and the Center for Urban Pedagogy.