Parks Department

Cops pull back some Forest Park patrols
News Cristabelle Tumola 10/15/2013 at 4:44PM

The NYPD is pulling back some of its police presence in Forest Park months after beefing up patrols following an August rape cops connected to five other sexual assaults in the park between March 2011 and this summer. Police decided to remove eight cop cars that were patrolling the area after there were no additional [...]

Push to inspect trees as family mourns pregnant woman killed in Kissena Park
Push to inspect trees as family mourns pregnant woman killed in Kissena Park
Northeast Melissa Chan 8/06/2013 at 1:57PM

The city is inspecting the felled tree that killed a 30-year-old expectant mother in Flushing as her family makes arrangements to mourn her. “They’re just distraught,” said attorney Anthony Como, who spoke on behalf of the grieving family. “Right now, we’re just trying to investigate to find out what happened, how something like this could [...]

Terrace on the Park lease to be up for bid
Terrace on the Park lease to be up for bid
Top Stories Melissa Chan 7/25/2013 at 1:56PM

Terrace on the Park operators want to upgrade the facility and are looking to get a new lease on the popular and historic Flushing Meadows-Corona Park catering hall to do so. Their contract with the city’s Parks Department expires next March, officials said. The department has issued a new Request for Proposals (RFP) for the [...]

Woodhaven residents not happy with holiday tree replacement
Woodhaven residents not happy with holiday tree replacement
Top Stories Liam La Guerre 7/09/2013 at 4:18PM

A tree grows in Woodhaven — but residents say it’s the wrong one. They are barking mad that the Parks Department replaced the nearly 30-year-old Woodhaven holiday tree, which was downed by Sandy, with a deciduous “street tree.” “That tree meant a lot to the residents of Woodhaven,” said Alex Blenkinsopp, communications director for the [...]

Northeast Queens residents disappointed by possible pool closure
Northeast Queens residents disappointed by possible pool closure
Northeast Cristabelle Tumola 6/05/2013 at 1:01PM

Oswald Egas spent summers as a boy practicing to swim and escaping the heat at the Fort Totten Pool. He later took his own children to the same outdoor spot, telling them “that’s where I grew up.” But Egas’ kids may not be able to share the same sentiment with their children. If the City [...]

Alley Pond Park Adventure Course now open
Alley Pond Park Adventure Course now open
Northeast Melissa Chan 5/11/2013 at 2:24PM

Queens rope climbers and zip liners can find a free adventure without leaving the borough. The Alley Pond Park Adventure Course, the only course of its kind in the city, reopened for its seventh season on May 1. The venue boasts a zip line, a climbing wall, a trust fall station, swings and balance platforms. [...]

Jackson Heights park to be renamed in tribute to beloved student
Jackson Heights park to be renamed in tribute to beloved student
Top Stories Angy Altamirano 4/29/2013 at 9:05AM

Those who knew Rory Staunton say it would be a fitting tribute. The newly-acquired Parks Department property at the Garden School athletic field in Jackson Heights may soon bear his name. The 12-year-old lost his life last April due to sepsis poisoning after falling while playing basketball in his school’s gym. What doctors believed to [...]

Rockaway hockey rink set for repair
Rockaway hockey rink set for repair
South Terence M. Cullen 4/03/2013 at 9:09AM

A Rockaway roller hockey rink is getting some help from the Parks Department after damage from Sandy nearly put a summer league on ice. Waves pummeled the boards on the seaside rink near Beach 108th Street, which underwent renovations only a few years ago. The 20-year-old rink was not completely destroyed, but because the boards [...]

Kayaking could bring tourism, revenue to Jamaica Bay
Kayaking could bring tourism, revenue to Jamaica Bay
South Terence M. Cullen 3/05/2013 at 11:39AM

Jamaica Bay has been many things. It was a fishing haven. It was the site of a deadly plane crash. And it was the catalyst for some of Sandy’s devastation. But soon, the bay might attract more tourism when the region needs it the most. Community Board 14 Chair Dolores Orr said the Parks Department [...]

Tree complaints top 311 calls
Tree complaints top 311 calls
News Terence M. Cullen 1/11/2013 at 11:52AM

Fallen limbs and downed branches, among other issues, still top the list of complaints to 311 within Community Board 10. Since the storm struck on October 29 through the end of 2012, there were 1,425 calls to the city about trees. In December alone, nearly 200 calls were put in from residents in the board’s [...]