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New York City Undertakes Detailed Parks Assessments

Matt Ball on June 2, 2013 - in Modeling

Over the last three years, the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation has been remeasuring every park in the system — from tiny South Oxford Park in Brooklyn to the behemoth Pelham Bay Park in the Bronx — using mapping software and satellite technology, rather than relying on a cartographer whose maps drew on city records dating to the 19th century.

The aim was to learn the size of each of the city’s 1,700 parks down to the thousandth of an acre, said Joshua Laird, a parks official who left the agency this week for the National Park Service. “We recognized for some time that our acreage tallies were fuzzy,” Mr. Laird said.

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