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July 08, 2013

Private-Support Strategy for N.Y. Parks Raises Questions

New York City saw its biggest expansion of green space in decades under Michael Bloomberg's administration, but parks advocates say the jury is still out on the billionaire mayor's focus on securing private dollars to support the most high-profile projects, writes The Wall Street Journal.

Ambitious new parks such as the High Line, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Governors Island, and Hudson River Park were built with the expectation that they would sustain themselves through donations and revenue-generating facilities, with nonprofit groups managing their operations.

While the former two parks have flourished financially, Governors Island and Hudson River Park have struggled to keep up with costs, and public funding for maintenance of New York's 30,000 total acres of city parkland declined during Mr. Bloomberg's third term. Some community groups contend the mayor's approach creates a disparity between parks in well-off neighborhoods and those in poorer ones.