Some 15 years ago when I partnered with Mayor Bloomberg and Borough President Molinaro to create Bloomingdale Park I couldn’t have imagined just how important this park would become to the quality of life here on Staten Island. Bloomingdale Park is truly a gem among our many Staten Island parks. These fields were the first public New York City athletic fields on Staten Island’s South Shore. The park has been enjoyed by many thousands of Staten Islanders since. I commend Borough President Oddo, Councilman Borelli, NYC Parks Commissioner Silver, and Borough Parks Commissioner Ricciardone for these improvements and for their commitment to our parks.