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The 85-acre Brooklyn Bridge Park now under construction is quickly garnering the distinction of being the project with the most acronyms.

That after yet a new organization, the Campaign for Brooklyn Bridge Park (CFBBP), was recently launched with the mission to advocate for a ‘Real Park for Everybody.‘

According to the new organization’s press release, among the founding members are likely new 33rd District City Council member Steve Levin, who is replacing David Yassky, along with most of the candidates he recently defeated in the Democratic primary for the seat.

This list includes Ken Diamondstone, Doug Bivino and Ken Baer. Additionally, defeated 39th District City Council candidate Josh Skaller signed onto the organization along with several local civic activists who are also connected with the Brooklyn Bridge Park Defense Fund (BBPDF).

The waterfront park stretching from the Manhattan Bridge to Atlantic Avenue was formally created in 2002 with $150 million in state and city funds with the mandate that it had to be self-sustainable.

This mandate led to the park’s General Project Plan (GPP),which includes about 8.2 acres or about 10 percent of the park for private development to generate the estimated $15.2 million annual cost of operating and maintaining the park.

Since the initial funding, the estimated cost of building the park has ballooned to $350 million.

Like the BBPDF, the CFBBP appears to be critical of the building of luxury housing in the park to pay for its maintenance.

The park is currently being built by the Brooklyn Bridge Park Development Corporation (BBPDC), which is following the GPP and is overseen by the state. However, the city and state are currently negotiating to have the city take over the construction and maintenance of the park.

Also advocating for the GPP is the Brooklyn Park Conservancy (BBPC), which has also done some programming in the DUMBO portion of the park.

The website for the new organization is www.CampaignforBrooklynBridgePark.org.

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