I’m proud to announce the winning projects of Participatory Budgeting 2017 in Council District 3:
A New Park for Hell’s Kitchen
10th Avenue between 48th and 49th Streets
Funds will go towards transforming an empty city-owned lot into a new public park for the people of Hell’s Kitchen.
Real Time Rider Information At Bus Stops
Electronic boards to display real time bus arrival information at five key bus stops throughout Council District 3.
Air Conditioning for the Library at P.S. 111
440 West 53rd Street
Project will provide air conditioning for the library, which is used as a summer school site for students.
Grounds Renovations at Elliott-Chelsea Houses
NYCHA Elliott-Chelsea Houses
Add new playground fencing, renovate walkways and revitalize garden areas designed in consultation with Elliott-Chelsea residents.
This year, we shattered our record with 3,518 people casting a ballot! Every project on this ballot was truly worthwhile, and I want to thank all of the people who led our Participatory Budgeting efforts – our budget delegates, our incredible volunteers, the amazing Friends of the High Line who has been our outreach partner with PB for the last 3 years, and of course the thousands of people who came out and voted.
If you have a project idea to submit for next year please email Matt Green at MGreen@council.nyc.gov.
PB Project Tracker
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2016 District 3 Winners
1) New Trees for Council District 3
This project will fund new trees and new tree guards on blocks with few or no trees throughout District 3. The locations will be determined in conjunction with our block associations and community boards.
2) New HVAC System at the Muhlenberg Library
This project will replace the library’s HVAC cooling unit to ensure that the branch can continue to serve as a cool space in the summer months, which includes serving as an official NYC Cool Center.
Amount allocated: $500,000
3) New Audio / Visual Equipment for P.S. 11
A new audio / visual system in the auditorium of P.S. 11. The school needs a working A/V system to fulfill its curriculum requirements for students.
Amount allocated: $75,000
4) Real Time Rider Information At Bus Stops
These electronic Boards will display real time bus arrival information at five key bus stops, offering convenience for riders. The proposed locations will be determined in conjunction with the community and the Department of Transportation.
Amount allocated: $100,000
5) A New Library for City Knoll Public Middle School
This project will provide technological and construction updates to create a library space at City Knoll School, which is located at 425 West 33rd Street. This project will help engage students and prepare them for the skills needed in the 21st Century.
Amount allocated: $300,000
2015 District 3 Winners
1) New Park for the Community
2) Revitalization of Chelsea Waterside Park
3) Renovations for Jefferson Library Market $500,000
4) Bathroom Renovations at Lab School
3) Sidewalk Repair/Replacement
4) P.S.3 Library Renovations
5) Pedestrian Safety: Raised Crosswalks
How does it work?
PB lets the whole community participate in decision-making. It’s a yearlong process of public meetings, to make sure that people have the time and resources to make wise decisions. Community members discuss local needs and develop proposals to meet these needs. Through a public vote, residents then decide which proposals to fund.
What happens when?
Neighborhood Assemblies: September – October 2016
At public meetings in each district, community members learn about PB and discuss their community’s needs. They then brainstorm project ideas and select budget delegates.
Delegate Orientations: November 2016
Volunteer budget delegates learn about the budget process, project development, and key spending areas, then form committees.
Delegate Meetings: November 2016 – February 2017
Delegates meet in committees to transform the community’s initial project ideas into full proposals, with support from Council Member staff and other experts.
Project Expos: February-March 2017
Delegates present draft project proposals to the community and get feedback, with which they revise the projects.
Community Vote: March-April 2017
Residents vote on which projects to fund at voting sites throughout the district.
Implementation & Monitoring: April 2017 onwards
The Council Members submit their spending priorities to the City Council’s Finance Division, including the winning PB projects, for inclusion in the City budget. Community members evaluate the process, and oversee the implementation of projects.
Research and Evaluation happens throughout these stages, to improve the process for next year.