Councilman Costa Constantinides announced the winning Participatory Budgeting capital projects on April 18. Councilman Costa Constantinides announced on April 18 the winning Participatory Budgeting capital projects. From March 28-April 3, neighborhood residents voted for which projects they wanted to receive capital funding from a ballot created by community volunteers.

Voting was held at sites across the district including libraries, community spaces, shopping centers, offices, schools, subway stations, and senior centers.

The winning projects are:

1. Water Fountain Project in Astoria Park ($500,000) received 709 votes to repair or install new water fountains in Astoria Park.

2. Picnic/Gaming Tables Installation in Astoria Park ($250,000) received 704 votes to place permanent gaming/picnic tables in Astoria Park at locations to be determined by the community.

3. Real Time Bus Countdown Clocks ($480,000) received 682 votes to install 24 countdown clocks ($20,000 each) on the following bus lines: M60, Q18, Q19, Q33, Q47, Q69, Q101, Q102, Q103, and Q104.

Constantinides committed to designating part of the Participatory Budgeting funding to projects within Jackson Heights. The two projects on the ballot in Jackson Heights will also receive funding. The full list of projects is online,

Constantinides said, Im very pleased by the enthusiasm that the community showed during this years Participatory Budgeting process. The district has spoken, and we can see that residents value our parks and green spaces, as well as public transportation. Astoria Park is the jewel of our community, and it will become an even better space for families throughout the neighborhood with these additional amenities. I thank all who volunteered throughout this process and everyone who voted. Seeing all the effort from our budget delegates and volunteers shows that Participatory Budgeting is democracy in action. We will continue to work with city agencies and community stakeholders as these capital projects are implemented.

Participatory Budgeting provides an opportunity for residents to be involved in the city budget cycle. Residents vote for their favorite projects, and all the project proposals on the ballot were created by community volunteers. This past fall, hundreds of proposals were submitted by residents at neighborhood assemblies across the district. Volunteers broke up into groups and transformed the list of ideas into a ballot of fully-formed project proposals with details and costs.

The winning projects will be funded in the upcoming FY lsquo;16-lsquo;17 city budget, the first in many steps towards the projects final completion. As with the winning projects from the previous cycle, city agencies will seek further community input, put together designs, and go through planning stages before construction begins.