Parks Department collecting bids to reconstruct Astoria’s Paul Raimonda Playground


| lguerre@queenscourier.com

Rendering courtesy of Department of Parks and Recreation 

The Parks Department is collecting bids to renovate Astoria’s Paul Raimonda Playground and expects to begin construction in the spring of 2015.

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Parks Department closes Oakland Lake Park for one year


| ejankiewicz@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Edward Mertz

The Parks Department closed Oakland Lake Park in Bayside last week to begin a huge one-year construction project. The project will include the installation of stone swales (similar to bioswales), cleaning the drainage system and planting new native wetland plants, according to the Parks Department.

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Police arrest a Queens Parks Department manager for sexual abuse of a minor


| lguerre@queenscourier.com

Rene Herrera

Parks Department manager Rene Herrera was arrested and charged with three counts of sexual abuse, stemming from incidents in 2008.

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Millions needed to save New York State Pavilion: Parks Department


| mhayes@queenscourier.com

Photos courtesy of People for the New York State Pavilion Facebook page

The city’s Parks Department presented plans this week for the crumbling but iconic New York State Pavilion. An option to tear down the deteriorating 1964-65 World’s Fair figure, which is in need of an inordinate amount of internal and external fixes, could cost $14 million. But a plan to restore the site could cost $73 […]

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Parks Department finds new operator for Patrizia’s of Bayside


| ctumola@queenscourier.com

File photo

Patrizia’s of Bayside, the former site of Caffe on the Green and Valentino’s on the Green, has found a new operator, according to Queens Parks Commissioner Dorothy Lewandowski. “We are very excited that a new concessionaire will be operating the former Valentino’s on the Green and look forward to the reopening,” said Lewandowski. The new […]

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Audit finds Parks Department lost green


| mpantelidis@queenscourier.com

The New York City Department of Parks and Recreation recently endured a procedure that can send chills down the spine of any American — an audit. City Comptroller John Liu announced on December 5 that an assessment of the Parks Department’s control over recreational, dining and retail concessions from July 1, 2008 through June 30, […]

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Shame, Shame Parks Department


| vschneps@queenscourier.com

We all have a lot to be proud of, seeing the many improvements in our Queens parks, but I must say, I believe we have been betrayed by the city’s Parks Department Franchise Division. It’s their responsibility to select the operators of the many facilities owned by the city, but leased to private companies.  One […]

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Queens Museum, Parks Dept. ask communities to redesign Flushing Meadows


| ejankiewicz@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Cristabelle Tumola

The Queens Museum and the Parks Department are asking members of communities around Flushing Meadows Corona Park to come up with ideas and solutions to make the green space more accessible to local communities.

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Underfunded parks to receive funding: de Blasio


| ejankiewicz@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photos by Eric Jankiewicz

Mayor Bill de Blasio visited a Flushing park on Tuesday to announce that the city will invest in revitalizing underfunded parks across Queens and New York City.

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Douglaston plaza opens near LIRR station


| ejankiewicz@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Councilman Paul Vallone's office

The Douglaston pedestrian plaza has opened to the public. The completion of the project, near the LIRR station on 41st Avenue, was marked by a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday with Councilman Paul Vallone and the Douglaston Local Development Corporation (LDC).

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