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Participatory budgeting begins in western Queens this weekend and projects include upgrades at Astoria Park.

Residents who live across several neighborhoods in western Queens can decide which projects to implement with millions of dollars in city funds.

Those who live in City Council District 26, which includes Sunnyside, Woodside, Long Island City, Astoria and parts of Maspeth, have 19 projects to vote on. Projects include a special needs playground for P.S. 4, median tree planting in Long Island City, grounds renovations for Queensbridge, Woodside and Ravenswood Houses and creating an educational hub with internet bandwith and wi-fi for students and faculty at the Queens Atrium building.

Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer has allocated $1 million in discretionary funding for five projects.

In neighboring City Council District 22, which includes Astoria, parts of Woodside, East Elmhurst and Jackson Heights, Councilman Costa Constantinides has secured $1.5 billion for participatory budgeting. There are 20 projects on the ballot and they include new SMART boards at Long Island City High School, a picnic and gaming tables installation at Astoria Park, real time bus countdown clocks at 10 bus stops in the district and several upgrades at Astoria Library.

For residents of Elmhurst, East Elmhurst, Corona and Jackson Heights, Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras-Copeland has secured $1 million for neighborhood improvements in City Council District 21. There are 10 projects on the ballot, including improvements and bathroom upgrades to Josephine Caminiti Playground, Park of the Americas Bathroom and East Elmhurst Playground.

Other projects on the ballot include new computers and tablets at the LeFrak City Library, technology upgrades at the Corona Library and new laptops for P.S. 16 in Corona.

For a full list of the projects and voting locations, click here.

Voting ends on April 3.

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