BROOKLYN — For many, Memorial Day marks the start of the summer and the New York City Council is arming New Yorkers with its latest rollout. Ahead of the holiday, the council launched an interactive map of public parks with details of each facility’s location, size, events, amenities, and funding.
Now New Yorkers can search, in one place, which parks have basketball courts, pools, running tracks and playgrounds. Color-coded prompts allow you to specify your search criteria. The interactive map will also point out the rare city parks with food concessions. Dog owners can now easily track dog runs and off-leash areas.
“We’re not quite ready for off-leash hours, but once we are, it’ll be great to know where to bring Jo that might not be as crowded as Prospect Park,” said Virginia Bechtold of Flatbush.
For park-goers like Krysten Washington who grew up in Starrett City, finding a handball court in her new neighborhood of East Flatbush just became easier. Washington, 21, welcomes the online map rather than separate Google searches.
And then there’s the funding data. Did you know Prospect Park received more $1.7 million in public funding compared to $1.9 in private donations?
The interactive portal provides data on public and private money responsible for the upkeep of the city’s parks. The council received funding data from the Department of Parks and Recreation’s annual report on maintenance.
Event schedules for each park are also available. The site will list the name of the event and the time 14 days before the upcoming program.
“We have hundreds of jewels across our city, and this interactive map will let you explore individually, each one of them,” said City Council Speaker Corey Johnson.