Yesterday’s City Council meeting was especially productive with respect to park improvements across New Rochelle. In the space of just a few minutes, the Council: (1) accepted a $500,000 grant from the State to help implement the Hudson Park Master Plan; (2) issued bonds in the amount of $425,000 to upgrade Maplewood Park; (3) approved financing for the replacement of the turf at Fosina Field; and (4) directed federal Community Development Block Grant dollars to a new splash pad at Parkside Place. That’s in addition to several other essential investments in infrastructure, equipment, and public facilities. Not bad for an evening’s work! Although grants play an important role in addressing New Rochelle’s capital priorities, many other expenditures are made possible by the City’s growing economy, as we reinvest the proceeds from development to strengthen our community.