Participatory Budgeting Ideas Revealed For D23

Staff Writer

The finalists for District 23’s participatory budgeting have been unveiled.

Fourteen different projects were presented at the Bayside Senior Center on Feb. 27, all of which will be up for a vote to residents of the district. Councilman Mark Weprin (D-Oakland Gardens) has designated around $1 million of his discretionary funds for the community process, allowing multiple ideas to go through.

The voting process for these 14 ideas will be open for residents over the age of 16. Each voter can choose up to five projects.

In the community facilities category, handicapped accessible shuttle buses for Samuel Field Y are on the ballot for $150,000. Infrastructure and technology upgrades for the SNAP senior center’s new building would cost $200,000. Library projects that are listed include security upgrades for Bellerose, Fresh Meadows, Hollis and Windsor Park, a cost of $344,000 total. A separate security improvement for Queens Village Library would cost $125,000. Self check-in and check-out technology for the same library would cost $385,000 and a self check-out for Hollis Library has a $200,000 price tag.

Under the parks category, there is the addition of a $250,000 reading garden at Bellerose Playground. The installation of fitness equipment near the track at Cunningham Park would cost $200,000. The preservation and restoration of Captain Dermody Triangle would take up $275,000.

For schools, there is a $450,000 project that would give multiple SMART boards to PS 33, IS 109, PS/IS 266, Benjamin N. Cardozo High School and the Queens High School of Teaching. Another entry has general tech upgrades for PS 135 and PS 18 for $85,785. A gym project for Martin Van Buren High School would cost $35,000.

For transportation and public safety, portable security cameras would be added for $100,000. The repair of a median curb at Union Turnpike would cost $300,000.

The voting will begin on March 29 and will continue every day at different locations until April 5. For information on all voting locations, call Weprin’s office at (718) 468-0137.

Reach Joe Marvilli at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 125,, or @Joey788.