Residents present at Monday's ribbon-cutting ceremony said the additional grass, shrubs, tables and benches made for a more welcoming haven to take a breather before immersing themselves back in the traffic jungle along Queens Boulevard."It looked like garbage," commented one senior couple of the park's pre-makeover days. "Now it's beautiful."Last summer City Councilwoman Melinda Katz (D-Forest Hills) took a gamble with her constituents' patience by persuading the city Parks Department to close up the three-block stretch that divides Queens Boulevard and its west side service road for a few months to make room for a mass renovation."When the fence went up, the first question was 'when is the fence coming down?'" she said at the podium Monday with the bronze statue of World War I soldier and former Forest Hills resident Capt. Gerald MacDonald poised in the background
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