Funds allocated in City Budget will complete acquisition of additional 11 acres of property to be preserved as parkland, new state-of-the-art community center and enclosed pool
After years of collaborative efforts, Borough President James Oddo and Mayor Bill de Blasio have announced an allocation of $52.9 million in the FY ‘22 city budget for the Children’s Aid Society to build a new community center and enclose its outdoor swimming pool on the grounds of Goodhue. In addition, the City funding will complete the acquisition of an additional 11 acres of Goodhue property to be preserved forever as parkland for all Staten Islanders.
With this allocation, the entire 41-acre Goodhue site (operated by the Children’s Aid Society since 1912) will serve the needs of the community, with a total of 37 acres purchased and protected as city parkland; and the rest kept by the organization for the new state-of-the-art community center and pool. The best part? Approximately 1,000 children and adults are served annually by the Children’s Aid Society on Staten Island, in addition to the almost 200 youth who participate in Goodhue’s after-school program, and 400 children who attend summer day camp.
The new community center and enclosed pool will ensure that Staten Island families can use Children’s Aid Society facilities for generations to come.
The new community center will feature classrooms, program facilities and a gymnasium which would provide space for basketball and other sports, as well as multi-purpose activities and events for various age groups.
While the Children’s Aid Society has not finalized any programs, the new center could offer such services as: after-school programs, sports clinics, foster care services, preventative services, family stabilization services and a day camp. Early childhood education and teen programs are also under consideration.
The enclosed pool allows for year-round use and expanded programming.
"It is difficult to overstate the importance of this victory. I want to thank the Mayor for his commitment and understanding of the importance of this project to the children of Staten Island. We commend the Children’s Aid Society for their community-minded restraint in not selling the Goodhue property to developers years ago. Rather they worked with government to preserve this land for the benefit of the children they serve," said BP Oddo.
"Looking ahead, my office will continue to work with the Children's Aid Society and the Mayor’s office to develop the plans for the new center and set the groundwork for helping to complete the project as quickly as possible," he said.