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7 Oct 2015 12:30 PM EST

-by Yuliya Geikhman, Staff Writer; Image: New York City’s parks and playgrounds will be getting an upgrade. (Image Source: Lars Plougmann / criminalintent on Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0)

New York City is planning to spend $135 million on park renovations in needy neighborhoods. This brings the total funding for the community parks initiative to $255 million.

According to Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver, the city will be renovating a total of 67 parks will be receiving some form of renovation over the next 12 months, the Daily News reports. Most of the parks will be getting improvements and renovations that include equipment repairs and new programs. The last dozen will be getting a complete overhaul, and will get redesigned and rebuilt completely.

The parks getting redesigns are located in low-income neighborhoods, and include Black Rock Playground in the Bronx, Bloomingdale Playground in Manhattan, and Stapleton Playground in Staten Island.

The community parks initiative is expected to add dozens of improvements to playgrounds all over the city in the next three years.

“The doubled capital investment reaffirms the administration’s commitment to ensuring all New Yorkers a bright, green future,” said Silver.

For playgrounds like the Lafayette Playground in Gravesend, Brooklyn, these improvements mean more than just a tune-up on swings.

“There will be lots of grass here,” Silver said about the plans for the little playground, which is currently mostly concrete.

The parks initiative will target the smaller parks in all boroughs, not just Prospect Park in Brooklyn and Central Park and Manhattan. This means parks that are “greener, more active, multi-generational and a place for families,” said Silver, reported by ABC7.

"The outer boroughs are always the have-nots, the city of New York gets everything," said one Gravesend resident. "Actually we are part of the city, nobody knows about it, we are part of the city of New York, five boroughs and we're the neglected borough."

"And these were low maintenance high-fenced areas where kids could lay and be safe form the environment but you know things have changed," said Silver.

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Harvard's Prestigious Debate Team Loses to New York Prison Inmates

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One Dead, Two Injured in Early Morning Shooting near Bushwick, Brooklyn

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NYC's First Chick-fil-A Opens to a Crowd of Customers and Protesters

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-by Yuliya Geikhman, Staff Writer; Image: Face scrub (Image Source: Per Ljung / ljungsgarderob on Flickr / CC BY 2.0) Your favorite exfoliating lotion may soon be banned from stores if legislation pushed by the New York City council gets passed. The proposed legislation aims to ban cosmetic... Read more

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