Congressman Nadler and NYC Parks Announce Federal Funding to Fort Washington, Sakura, Riverside Park, and Riverside Park South for Superstorm Sandy Repairs

Sep 2, 2015 Issues: New York and Our Neighborhoods

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Today, Congressman Jerrold Nadler (NY-10) and the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation announced more than $2.8 million in federal funds from the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The federal grant from FEMA’s Public Assistance Program has been awarded to the State of New York in order to repair damage caused by Superstorm Sandy. The funding will contribute to repairs of Fort Washington Park, Sakura Park, Riverside Park, and Riverside Park South.

“To this day, we are still feeling the effects of Superstorm Sandy. Our citizens have been unable to fully enjoy all that our city’s recreational facilities have to offer due to lingering damage from the storm,” said Rep. Jerrold Nadler. “This federal funding will help to fully repair the buildings, trails, and fields of our park system in order to return it to its pre-Sandy state. Once again, New Yorkers will be able to access all of the park system’s open spaces so they can enjoy an escape from the hectic pace of city life. I am proud of the resiliency that New York has shown in the face of adversity and I will continue to work to ensure the city has the resources to complete our recovery.”  

“As Hurricane Sandy so painfully demonstrated, parks are New York City’s first line of coastal defense,” said NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP. "This generous FEMA and DHS funding helps us rebuild stronger and more resilient than ever by fueling the rebirth of Sakura Park, Riverside Park and Riverside Park South."