At Friends of the High Line's July 9 benefit preview of "Designing the High Line", New York City Council Speaker Gifford Miller announced a $15.75 million funding commitment for planning and construction costs related to the High Line's conversion to public space. This is the first major funding commitment for the High Line, and FHL is very grateful
for the Speaker's leadership and for the City's growing support.
The funds will allow planning and construction to move forward, and they give FHL an excellent opportunity to attract major private, corporate, foundation, and federal funds.
The first $750,000 was allocated in the budget adopted by the New York City Council on June 27. The remainder of the commitment will be allocated in the following three fiscal years.
The funds will come from the City's capital budget, which pays for project costs such as planning, design, construction, and long-term leases. The allocation will not affect
municipal services, which are funded separately through the City's expense budget.