2015 Participatory Budgeting Ballot

2015 Participatory Budgeting Ballot

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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: 

Art in the 4th Avenue F/G Subway Station

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)

Cost: $325,000


District 39 Art in the 4th Avenue Subway Station from Arts & Democracy Project on Vimeo.


Park Slope Library Storytelling Garden

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)

Cost: $250,000

District 39 Park Slope Library Storytelling Garden  from Arts & Democracy Project on Vimeo.


Technology for Local Arts Non-Profits

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.

Location: (Gowanus)

Cost: $90,000


District 39 Technology for Local Arts Nonprofits from Arts & Democracy Project on Vimeo.



A/C for PS 124 Cafeteria (Title 1 School)

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)

 Cost: $200,000 


District 39 A/C for PS 124 Cafeteria  from Arts & Democracy Project on Vimeo.


PS 146/MS 448 Innovative Gym Renovation

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)

Cost: $225,000


District 39 PS146/MS448 Innovative Gym Renovation  from Arts & Democracy Project on Vimeo.

PS 179 Auditorium Renovation

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)

Cost: $230,000


District 39 PS 179 Auditorium Renovation  from Arts & Democracy Project on Vimeo.


Make Union Street & 9th Street Greener

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)

Cost: $150,000


District 39 Make Union Street and 9th Street Greener  from Arts & Democracy Project on Vimeo.


Windsor Terrace Stormwater Greenstreet

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)

Cost: $80,000


District 39 Windsor Terrace Stormwater Greenstreet  from Arts & Democracy Project on Vimeo.



Kids Play Area at St. Mary’s Playground

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)

Cost: $250,000


District 39 Kids Play Area at St. Mary's Playground Arts & Democracy Project on Vimeo.

New Drainage along Path in Prospect Park

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)

Cost: $200,000


District 39 New Drainage along Path in Prospect Park from Arts & Democracy Project on Vimeo.


Water Service for Thomas Cuite 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)

Cost: $350,000


District 39 Water Service for Thomas Cuite Park from Arts & Democracy Project on Vimeo.




Four Safer Intersections on Hicks Street

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)

Cost: $300,000


District 39 Four Safer Intersections on Hicks Street from Arts & Democracy Project on Vimeo.




More Turnstiles at 7th Ave. F/G Station

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)

Cost: $200,000


District 39 More Turnstiles at 7th Ave Station from Arts & Democracy Project on Vimeo.



Sample Ballot

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Ballots will also be available in Bangla and Spanish.


This ballot was produced by the design firm MTWTF and the Center for Urban Pedagogy.

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