Tag Archives: Astoria Heights Playground

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.

“It’s a place that needs a lot of support,” de Blasio said about Bowne Playground, where he made the announcement. “It’s been decades of disinvestment in our parks. There’s not much greenery here, as you can see.”

The administration identified 215 parks across the city that each received less than $250,000 in the last two decades.


According to de Blasio, this level of funding doesn’t allow the Parks Department to repair the “wear and tear” of parks such as Bowne Playground. In the first phase of the administration’s attempt to fix up these parks, they aim to invest more than $130 million to rebuild 35 small community parks.

While this initiative will be focusing on 35 parks, including Queens’ Bowne Playground, Astoria Heights PlaygroundCorona Mac ParkGrassmere Playground, Rockaway Community Park /Conch Playground and Van Alst Playground, the administration wants to eventually treat all of the 215 parks that are underfunded to some green. Queens alone has more than 50 parks that are underfunded.

IMG_3975

Bowne Playground will be one of the parks to receive funding for expanded recreational programming and increased maintenance. De Blasio also expressed a desire to have less concrete and more trees and grass.

“This park is an example of why we’re doing this,” de Blasio said, citing the neighborhood’s high population and few public spaces.

“Parks are so many things to us,” he said. “It’s truly a necessity in urban environments.”

RECOMMENDED STORIES

 

Queens’ Morning Roundup


| ctumola@queenscourier.com

morning roundup

TODAY’S FORECAST

Thursday: Clear. High of 75. Winds from the WSW at 5 to 10 mph. Thursday night: Partly cloudy in the evening, then clear. Low of 61. Winds from the SW at 5 to 10 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Nickelodeon’s Worldwide Day of Play

Get up, get out and come play with Nickelodeon! Youth ages 6-14 will be joined by Nickelodeon characters and talent to participate in NYC Shape Up’s Dancercize class. Takes place at the Roy Wilkins Recreation Center (177th Street and Baisley Boulevard) from 4 to 5 p.m. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Parents up in arms over broken bottles, condoms, bags of drugs and bums in Astoria playground

The Astoria Heights Playground is more dumping ground, thanks to bums who leave broken beer bottles, condoms and plastic bags with remnants of cocaine and heroin all over the place. Read more: New York Daily News 

Joe Lhota picks new team of rainmakers for New York mayoral campaign

Trailing in the polls — and in campaign cash — Republican mayoral candidate Joe Lhota is overhauling his fund-raising team with less than seven weeks before Election Day, the Daily News has learned. Read more: New York Daily News 

Sources: Aaron Alexis etched messages into shotgun

he gunman in Monday’s Washington Navy Yard massacre left behind two short phrases etched into the side of his shotgun, sources told CBS News Read more: CBS New York/AP

Plan to go ahead for new train cars on Metro-North, LIRR

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday approved a nearly $2 billion contract for new cars on the Metro-North and Long Island Rail Road lines. Read more: CBS New York

Digital kiosks coming to New York City subway stations

There’s a new alternative coming for subway riders who miss having someone in a token booth to answer all their questions. Read more: ABC New York