This is a small follow-up to my initial gardens post, which was not intended to have a sequel. Fate, however, intervened in the form a New York Times article entitled “Big Plans for Parks“. This article shows what can happen when charity is unleashed, and we know that Americans are very charitable. More to the point, this represents the most efficient use of the money because this is what the people have chosen to spend it on — as opposed to government stealing people’s money and then putting it to the whims of politicians. Melena Ryzik writes:
The Leon Levy Foundation, run by Shelby White, a philanthropist, and named for her husband, a hedge fund pioneer who died in 2003, is giving $25 million to New York City parks in what the city has described as the biggest private “green” gift. The New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx, below with Henry Moore’s “Large Two Forms,” will get $15 million to create a new native plant bed to study and showcase Northeast flora. In Brooklyn Prospect Park will receive $10 million to finance the Lakeside Center, a new 36,000-square-foot building that will replace Wollman Rink and its surroundings. The 26-acre area will be restored to the original design of Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, with a natural-habitat sanctuary and pedestrian pathways along the lake, and will be open year round.
Awesome. I hope we all get a chance to go up and enjoy it!