Participatory Budgeting Open: Submit Your Ideas for UWS Projects

Another round of Participatory Budgeting is underway, and until November 10, Upper West Siders can suggest ideas on how to spend $1 million being allocated to the neighborhood.

All projects must have a lifespan of at least five years and cost at least $50,000. Eligible ideas must also be for capital projects: physical infrastructure for public benefit, such as park improvements or new technology for schools. “Expense” projects, such as after school programs or expanding bus service, are not eligible.


You can submit your ideas and view those which have already been submitted here.

Some ideas already submitted include:

  • Protected bike lanes on West End Ave between 72nd-110th streets.
  • An outdoor “playground” facility for seniors (to “Socialize, reduce isolation, strengthen muscles [and] have fun!”
  • Increased overhead lighting on numbered streets.
  • Creating a visitor center with a public restroom.

There were also two submissions about pedestrian safety on 96th Street; one referencing the West Side Highway, the other referencing the turn from Amsterdam Ave onto 96th Street.

You can show your support for these ideas by clicking the ‘support’ button.

Once each idea is submitted, they’re shared with volunteer “budget delegates” who review them with city agencies in an attempt to turn them into real proposals – which are then subject to a vote between April 6-14 of next year.

For more information on participatory budgeting, including how to get involved, visit To view and submit ideas, visit


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