Parks Department

Man’s threat to light self on fire locks down Flushing school
News Melissa Chan 9/27/2012 at 12:32PM

A 75-year-old Asian man from Bayside is undergoing psychiatric evaluation after he threatened to douse himself with gasoline and light himself on fire in a Flushing park, police said. The NYPD could not disclose the man’s name because of current medical testing, but said he took over a wooden tool shed in Kissena Park on [...]

A league of their own: American Softball is all inclusive
A league of their own: American Softball is all inclusive
Sports Terence M. Cullen 8/28/2012 at 7:52AM

Everybody hits. Everybody runs the bases. Everybody has fun. This is how Randy Novick from Howard Beach describes American Softball. Every Saturday throughout the summer, Novick, along with counselors and mentally challenged people from five assisted-living homes met at a field in Kissena Park to get a chance to play softball. Five homes currently comprise [...]

Timers will save thousands of gallons of water at city parks
Timers will save thousands of gallons of water at city parks
News Billy Rennison 8/14/2012 at 4:23PM

On most cool, rainy days throughout the summer, city sprinklers run continuously, pouring thousands of gallons of water — and money — down the drain. But a joint project between the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the Department of Parks and Recreation is looking to put an end to this water waste through timed [...]

Agreement breathes new life into Jamaica Bay
News Billy Rennison 7/28/2012 at 11:21AM

Jamaica Bay, which has long been a medley of city, state and federal land, will now have thousands of acres of parkland jointly managed by the National Park Service and the New York City Parks Department. The two agencies reached an agreement to maintain 10,000 acres of Jamaica Bay to “promote visitation, education programs, scientific [...]

$850,000 to improve courts at Middle Village park
$850,000 to improve courts at Middle Village park
News Billy Rennison 7/26/2012 at 8:16AM

The bocce ball players that arrive at Juniper Valley Park rain or shine will no longer have to worry about the elements. The city’s Parks Department announced a request for proposal for improvements to the Middle Village park’s bocce courts, including a shade structure covering the space. Many of the area’s large Italian-American population descends [...]

Little Bay Park comfort station back on track
Little Bay Park comfort station back on track
News Melissa Chan 7/19/2012 at 8:53AM

Long-delayed plans to construct a comfort station at Bayside’s Little Bay Park are back on track after seven years of derailment, officials said. The bidding process for the capital project has begun and will last until July 31, said a spokesperson for the city’s Parks Department. While the spokesperson said a construction time line will [...]

Little Neck neighbors want problem tree removed
Little Neck neighbors want problem tree removed
News Melissa Chan 7/03/2012 at 11:29AM

Neighbors in Little Neck say a rotted tree rooted on a popular pathway is on its last leg and poses a danger to pedestrians passing beneath its falling limbs. “I walk on the street. I’m so afraid of walking under this tree that I make a detour,” said Vicky Cosgrove, 61, pointing to a problematic [...]

Fight for more park land in Maspeth
Fight for more park land in Maspeth
News Billy Rennison 6/22/2012 at 8:34AM

As the search for a new home for St. Saviour’s Church continues, officials are looking into turning the former site into a park — possibly through the use of Eminent Domain. A warehouse currently sits on a corner of the one-and-a-half acre plot in Maspeth, which is owned by Maspeth Development, while the rest of [...]

Janice Melnick named head of Flushing Meadows-Corona Park
Janice Melnick named head of Flushing Meadows-Corona Park
News Billy Rennison 6/06/2012 at 9:43AM

Janice Melnick is excited about the challenge and potential of taking over Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. Since former Flushing Meadows-Corona Park administrator Estelle Cooper retired in January, Melnick had held the job in the interim, but now has officially taken over the job. This is not the first time Melnick, who has worked at the Parks [...]

The Forest Park Carousel rides again
The Forest Park Carousel rides again
News Billy Rennison 5/24/2012 at 2:16PM

After nearly four years, children — and adults — were able to rush the Forest Park Carousel, choose their favorite horse and take a spin on the historic ride. The Forest Park Carousel, shuttered since 2008, hosted St. John Evangelical Lutheran School students, politicians and civic leaders who fought to save the carousel to enjoy [...]