New Juniper Valley Park bocce courts met with skepticism


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THE COURIER/Photo by Eric Jankiewicz

Juniper Valley Park’s three new bocce courts opened on Wednesday with a ribbon cutting ceremony and talk of meatballs and spaghetti. But for the players, most of whom are older Italians, the new courts don’t meet their standards.

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Parks Dept. hosts snow activities in Juniper Valley Park


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THE COURIER/Photos by Liam La Guerre

The Parks Department hosted free snow sports and activities in Juniper Valley Park in Middle Village, courtesy of massive amounts of snow from Winter Storm Hercules.

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‘Snow day’ at Juniper Valley Park Saturday


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File Photo

Just because Mother Nature has dropped a few inches of snow, doesn’t mean you can’t go out and have some fun in the borough.

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Groundbreaking held for Juniper Valley Park bocce courts


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Rendering courtesy of the Parks Department/Photos Courtesy of Dominick Totino Photography

Soon Middle Village residents can say buon giorno to new bocce courts. Local elected officials and the Parks Department joined members of the community on October 3 for the groundbreaking of a nearly $1 million project to repair the deteriorating Juniper Valley Park bocce courts. The Parks Department will renovate the two existing courts and […]

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Residents hold 9/11 vigil at Juniper Valley Park


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THE COURIER/photo by Billy Rennison

With the Twin Tower tribute lights in the background, hundreds of Queens residents gathered holding candles to honor those who died in the attacks on September 11. The candlelight vigil at Juniper Valley Park in Middle Village featured poems, prayer and music on the 11th anniversary of the attacks. Click here to see all the […]

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Juniper Valley Park grade-A greenspace


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THE COURIER/File Photo

Middle Village’s Juniper Valley Park is making the grade. In a recent report card released by New Yorkers for Parks, the park received an “A,” ranking it among the highest rated parks in the city. The study focused on the maintenance conditions of parks between 20 and 500 acres. The Middle Village park scored a […]

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Handball courts open in Juniper Valley Park


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Now park-goers can really have a ball! On Tuesday July 19, City Councilmember Elizabeth Crowley, Parks Department Borough Commissioner Dorothy Lewandowski, community leaders and park users gathered to celebrate the opening of the recently-renovated handball courts at Juniper Valley Park. At the ribbon-cutting, athletes of all ages tested out the new playing area and enjoyed […]

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New fun at Juniper Valley Park


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Some western Queens children can now leap like frogs or relax as turtles do with the new wetland habitat-themed design and added play space in Juniper Valley Park, thanks to Councilmember Elizabeth Crowley and Mayor Michael Bloomberg. “The new playground in Juniper Valley Park is a great addition to one of the best parks in […]

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


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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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Middle Village man has contentious plan to fix community parking issues


| lguerre@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Liam La Guerre

One Middle Village resident is proposing a divisive plan to relieve parking problems in the community. Matthew Crafa will meet with Community Board 5’s Transportation Committee to present his idea, which involves changing the parking signs around the perimeter of Juniper Valley Park to open up new overnight spots. Parking is not allowed around most […]

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Pricey park potty has patrons perplexed


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Photo by Robert Holden

Elmhurst Park patrons are happy to finally have somewhere to relieve themselves, but many feel the taxpayer funded, city-built bathroom flushed money down the drain. The stylish comfort station, which underwent construction during the summer of 2011 and took over a year to complete, racked up a $2.3 million price tag. Robert Holden, president of […]

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