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The Alley Pond Environmental Center is getting a funding boost in the new city budget.

Bayside, Whitestone, College Point and Douglaston community centers and groups will be getting a financial boost, a lawmaker announced.

Earlier this week, the New York City Council passed a budget of $85.2 billion for Fiscal Year 2018. Councilman Paul Vallone, who represents Council District 19, announced that he has secured nearly $23 million for northeast Queens parks, school, libraries and community groups.

Over $11.8 million for the district’s parks was secured, Vallone’s office said. Of that total, $8 million has been allocated toward the renovation of the Alley Pond Environmental Center (APEC), the remaining amount needed to begin a long-anticipated renovation project that will create a brand-new, state-of-the-art education building. A total of $2.5 million was allocated to improve the Bay Terrace Playground.

“The long-awaited dream of APEC’s new facility has finally become a reality,” Vallone said.

Over $4.8 million was allocated for the district’s schools. Each school within the district will receive at least $50,000, with many schools receiving additional capital funding for critical upgrades.

Nearly $6 million was allocated “for much-needed capital and expense projects” in the community, Vallone’s office also said.

Additionally, over $1 million was allocated to support nonprofits in the district, including the Bayside Historical Society, the Douglaston Local Development Corporation (DLDC) and College Point’s Poppenhusen Institute.

“Throughout my first four years, I’ve worked hand in hand with my fellow elected officials and have put northeast Queens not just back on the map, but on top of it,” Vallone said. “This year’s budget marks another clear victory for our communities as we continue to invest fully in the future of our children, schools, parks, libraries and nonprofits that call northeast Queens their home.”

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