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December, 2018

Middle Village

Middle Village civic group pays tribute to outgoing Queens Parks commissioner

With Queens Parks Commissioner Dorothy Lewandowski stepping down from the city agency at the end of the year, the Juniper Park Civic Association showed its gratitude for her years of service by presenting her with its Community Service Award at the group’s Dec. 13 meeting in Middle Village. Comments (6)
The city Parks Department brought out the golden shovels for a ground breaking ceremony for $2 million worth of improvements at Juniper Valley Park Dec. 12 with elected officials. Comment

November, 2018

Queens-based artists can now apply for the opportunity to have their temporary art installations featured at Flushing Meadows Corona Park next year. Comment

College Point youth football league still awaiting new field two years after funding was acquired

A College Point football coach is demanding answers from the city Parks Department regarding the delayed construction of a football field that was scheduled to be completed this year. Comment
East Elmhurst

East Elmhurst’s IS 227 opens new student-designed playground

The Louis Armstrong Middle School in East Elmhurst (IS 227) opened a new state-of-the-art, student-designed playground Monday, providing 38,000 residents a new park within a 10-minute walk from home. Comment

September, 2018


Second annual Evening Under the Sphere events returns to Flushing Meadows Corona Park

The Alliance for Flushing Meadows Corona Park invites the public to its second annual fund-raising party beside the Unisphere in Flushing Meadows Corona Park Thursday, Oct. 4, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Comment

August, 2018


Community petitions to name Sunnyside’s Phipps Playground after FDNY hero

As the former Phipps Playground — located at 39th Avenue and 50th Street in Sunnyside — undergoes the transition to being a city-owned greenspace, a petition has been making the rounds to rename it after a fallen firefighter from the community who played there as a child. Comment

Astoria Heights Playground gets eco-friendly makeover

City officials cut the ribbon on a playground in Astoria last week after dropping $8 million in city funds to bring the greenspace up to modern standards. Comments (2)

July, 2018


Woodside’s Big Bush Park gets major renovations

Woodside’s Big Bush Park got a full-scale renovations with $1.8 million from the city and officials gathered last week to cut the ribbon on the new community space. Comments (1)

Summer events flaunt Brookville Park’s transformation

Over a decade ago, Brookville Park was thought of as a place where a gruesome attack occurred. The last decade, however, has seen it become a place of community pride with the help of the volunteer park organization Friends of Brookville Park, which is led by President Kangela Moore. Comments (1)

Louis Simeone Park in Corona gets unveils $3M renovation

The city Department of Parks and Recreation cut the ribbon on a face-lift for Louis Simeone Park in Corona last week. Comment

June, 2018


Mr. Eric’s Toddler Time set for Bowne Park return

Parents who take their children to Bowne Park Field House for entertainment at a beloved toddler program known as Mr. Eric, led by Eric Friedman, will resume in September after the city Department. of Parks and Recreation nearly terminated the program. Comments (2)

May, 2018


Community will clean up Corona park in time for World War I hero’s commemoration

Growing up in Corona, City Councilman Francisco Moya (D-Jackson Heights) made frequent visits to William F. Moore Park, a small triangular public space on the corner of 108th Street and 51st Avenue. The park is named for a Marine who grew up on the corner of 103rd Street and Corona Avenue and was the first young man from the neighborhood to die while fighting in World War I one hundred years ago. Comments (5)

April, 2018

Jackson Heights

Officials hold ground-breaking ceremony for Travers Park reconstruction in Jackson Heights

Generations of Jackson Heights residents have grown up in a neighborhood deprived of proper parkland, but now the city is working to change that. Comment
Rockaway Beach

Rockaway boardwalk reconstruction project wins national planning achievement award

The Rockaway Boardwalk’s Reconstruction Project has received a national planning achievement award. Comments (1)
Hunters Point

Free Wi-Fi coming to Gantry Plaza

Free Wi-Fi service is now available in Gantry Plaza State Park, the 12-acre oasis along the East River waterfront in the Hunters Point section of Long Island City, the state Parks Department announced last Friday. Comment

Construction begins on new $6.25 million Queensbridge Park House

The extreme makeover of Queensbridge Park took another step forward last week with the ground-breaking for a new $6.25 million Park House that will replace an old dilapidated structure that stood unused for decades. Comment
Far Rockaway

Renovations to Far Rockaway’s Grassmere Playground complete

Grassmere Playground in Far Rockaway was one of five parks in the city Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver’s five borough relay ribbon-cutting ceremony last week. Comment



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