Elmhurst plants a tree to honor late Parks Department employee

| editorial@ridgewoodtimes.com

RIDGEWOOD TIMES/Photo by Kelly Marie Mancuso

The Parks Department and members of the Communities of Maspeth and Elmhurst Together (COMET) teamed up on June 11 for a special Elmhurst Park Day of Service in memory of Parks Department manager Jennifer Kao.

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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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Disney to partner with Parks Department on pilot program

By Queens Courier Staff

The Walt Disney Company is sponsoring a summer project with the Parks Department to introduce moveable elements like sand water and &#8220loose parts” including building blocks, shovels and pails to two Queens parks. Bayswater Park, located on Beach Channel Drive and Norton Avenue in Far Rockaway, and Liberty Park, at 173rd Street and 106th Avenue […]

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102nd Precinct
Forest Park
Parks Department Worker Arrested

By Queens Courier Staff

Two on-duty uniformed Parks Department employees were involved in a dispute inside the Boathouse in Forest Park on June 27. One of the workers, a 32-year-old woman, was injured after being struck by her co-worker with a garbage pick. The victim was taken to Jamaica Hospital in stable condition. Stacey Illery, 37, was arrested for […]

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Upgrades coming for Woodhaven’s Mary Whalen Playground

| agiudice@ridgewoodtimes.com

RIDGEWOOD TIMES/Photos by Anthony Giudice

For over a year Forest Park’s Mary Whalen Playground, located near Forest Parkway and Park Lane South, has been awaiting repairs, and on Aug. 18, Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley will be holding a ground-breaking ceremony at the park to kick off the start of the renovation.

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