Last week, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that a 8.9 million dollar renovation project will be taking place in Grand Army Plaza in Brooklyn. The project will include a restoration of the Soldiers and Sailers Memorial Arch, as well as maintenance of the surrounding area.
According to the Commissioner of Parks, Mitch Silver, the arch has not been majorly restored in nearly forty years, and with De Blasio’s investment, the public will soon be able to take tours of the inside of the arch. The funds will be used to replace vital structures, such as the roof and both the interior and exterior lighting systems.
“This whole park needs to be great for the whole community…” said De Blasio. “This [the arch] is iconic, it’s one of the great symbols for Brooklyn. But even iconic symbols need help.”
In addition, two new Flatbush Avenue entrances to Prospect Park will be created, one close to Grand Army Plaza, and one just north of the zoo. A complete description of the renovation plans can be found on the Prospect Park website.