The Bronx is one of the greenest boroughs with impressive parks like Pelham Bay and Van Cortlandt. At Council District 15 we have our own little gems through Tremont Park, Richman Park, and Ciccarone Park to name a few. But many times, the same parks are given funding while other neighborhoods are looked over. As Councilman, Gonzalo believes we should keep The Bronx green by:
- Put into law the increased access to waterfront land and green space for all Bronx residents. Improve current green spaces, like parks, and encourage the formation of more community gardens.
- Through programs like Partnerships for Parks, the surrounding Botanical Gardens and Bronx River can serve as opportunities for learning through educational classes aimed to teach school children about ways to take care of the environment.
- These classes can also extend to adults and families through nutritional education and agricultural development of land (i.e. in community gardens or by transforming empty lots into gardens).
- Encourage schools to add in environmental awareness to their curriculum so that the younger generation can understand the impacts we have on the environment, how to take care of it, and ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle.
- Secure funding for our parks that have been neglected or overlooked in obtaining updated equipment or necessary repairs. Additionally, make parks safer so that the community can feel comfortable bringing their families to parks.