Mayor Walsh proposes new pandemic relief investments in parks, public safety and digital infrastructure – Our City
Mayor Walsh is proposing $ 1.7 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding to invest in park facilities, body-worn camera updates and digital infrastructure. The latest Walsh pandemic relief proposals, the sixth cycle since funding became available this summer, will be considered by the Syracuse Common Council during its regular study session on Wednesday, October 20.
âAt the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, Syracuse’s park system was a haven for city residents in all seasons. It provided a safe space to exercise, spend time with others, and simply get away from the stress of the pandemic. With funds from ARPA, I am happy to advance several projects to improve our park facilities and introduce new equipment and offerings, âsaid Mayor Walsh. âOur parks are one of Syracuse’s greatest assets, and we have an obligation to protect and enhance them.
- Cannon Street Community Center – playground and / or fitness stations ($ 100,000)
- Parks on the North Side – extensive community engagement will take place so that the community can decide on the most desired improvements, renovations and constructions in the following parks: Lincoln, Schiller, Highland, First Ward, Washington Square, Demong, Union, Grosso, Schlosser , Ashland, Clinton Playlot and Finnegan Park ($ 300,000)
- Greenhouse – upgrades and renovations to facilities that provide services to all city parks ($ 300,000)
The administration proposes to invest in a new permanent stage at Spirit of Jubilee Park to support local musical and artistic performances ($ 250,000) and a memorial park for minority veterans of the United States armed forces ($ 250,000) . These two points took place within the council’s parks, recreation and youth programs committee.
Mayor Walsh is also asking Council to authorize $ 343,000 for the purchase of 60 additional body cameras. The expenses will allow the new agents to be equipped with cameras.
In addition, the Mayor is asking $ 200,000 for the continued development of the City of Syracuse website, which is undergoing its first reconstruction and update in over a decade. The funds will be used to complete the rewrite of thousands of pages of digital content currently on the city’s website and to digitize the city’s PDF forms to enable more convenient, accessible and secure self-service online transactions.
In the past four months, the mayor and city council have authorized more than $ 44 million in pandemic relief spending. Investments have been made in the four areas covered by the City’s ARPA strategy: supporting children, families and neighborhoods; transform infrastructure and public spaces; invest in jobs and economic opportunities; and improving government resilience and response.
After consideration at Wednesday’s study session, Mayor Walsh is asking Council to authorize funding for parks, public safety and digital infrastructure at its regular meeting on October 25.