Operating Costs Per Acre:
Central Park: $32,000
Hudson River Park: $109,000
Brooklyn Bridge Park: $245,000 (as of 11/15/2004)
The current state’s plan for Brooklyn Bridge Park will include luxury high-rises as well as a hotel and retail to pay for the park’s operations. In 2002, Governor George Pataki and Mayor Bloomberg committed $150 million to build the park and the following year the plan went to the Empire State Development Corporation. According to a Metro article, the plan was changed to include a residential building and the playing fields, pool, skateboard half-pipe and outdoor amphitheatre was gone. They were replaced by a kayak area and a marina for 180 yachts. The operating budget jumped to $15.2 million, which included dune buggies, hybrid cars, 40 sit-down lawnmowers, 7 pick-up trucks, 2 garbage trucks and a 31 person security force that included 8 armed guards.
Why not just have a simple park for residents and visitors to relax in and be able to enjoy the view of the water and of Manhattan? The park has the advantage of amazing views, and we don’t need any buildings or fancy marina to support the upkeep. Just build the park land that could be used by many to improve overall quality of life and for the borough of Brooklyn. Why the need to ‘develop’ the land to take up area and cut off parts of the waterfront as a private playground for the rich? Do you see luxury high rises and a security force in the park below Eiffel Tower in Paris or Vancouver’s Stanley Park? Having a luxury high rise or other private development in the space costs the park, and therefore taxpayers, more money for upkeep. Areas of the park can be rented out for concerts and shows, much like the Empire-Fulton Ferry State Park in Dumbo, to raise money for upkeep. There’s already committed funding by the city to build the park, so can’t we just keep it simple?