Open Space, Parks and Recreation
Many portions of our communities have some of the poorest levels of access to open space in New York. In some parts there is only .3 acres of open space per 1,000 residents, in comparison to 4.7 acre per 1000 residents in surrounding areas and drastically lower than the national recommendation of 6.5 acres per 1000 residents. What's worse is that much of these open spaces in our communities are non-green parks. Jason believes that by creating more green open spaces, we will improve the health and the quality of life of our residents.
Make Our Parks More Accessible
Our parks are intended to be used by residents of our communities and everyone should feel free to use the parks whether it be to for recreation, sports or gatherings. In order to make our parks more easily available for all of the residents of our communities, Jason will work with other elected officials to create a more user-friendly park permit process. The more user-friendly our parks are, the more they will be used. In addition, Jason supports the additional amenities in our parks such as more fire pits and grills, better access for local little leagues and other athletic activities and sports.
Community Green Space
Our communities have a rich and storied history of cultivating local community gardens. Community gardens can come about from the most modest beginnings and the City should strive to create green space through their use. Jason strongly advocates the promotion, growth, and expansion of community gardens as a means to develop more green spaces in our communities.