Upgrades to Enhance Parks for Queens Residents and Visitors

QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz announced an allocation of $12.1 million of her Fiscal Year 2019 discretionary capital funds for important construction, renovations and upgrades across 10 public parks in Queens. Queens is the largest borough of five in the City of New York with 7,273 acres of parkland, which amounts to just over 10 percent of the borough’s total land mass.

“Part of what defines Queens’ trademark quality of life – especially for the 2.3 million residents throughout our diverse communities – is the ample access to beautiful public parks and open space,” said Borough President KATZ. “This capital investment is intended to help enhance our parks to be better enjoyed year-round by millions of children, seniors and families.”

This year’s $12.1 million parks allocation comes on top of the $93.6 million that Borough President Katz allocated to NYC Parks projects during her first four years as Queens Borough President, for a total of $105.7 million across five years.

The $12.1 million capital funding for parks projects in Queens breaks down as follows:

• $2.5 million for the reconstruction of a multi-purpose play area at Castlewood Playground in Glen Oaks
• $2.5 million to renovate Maple Playground in Flushing
• $2 million for upgrades at Nautilus Playground at Roy Wilkins Park in Jamaica
• $1.28 million to renovate Playground LXII in Forest Hills
• $1 million to renovate the athletic area at Crowley Playground in Elmhurst
• $1 million for the creation of a memorial at the Old Towne of Flushing Burial Ground
• $750,000 for a building renovation at Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City
• $461,000 to upgrade the play equipment and spray showers at Hoover-Manton Playgrounds in Briarwood
• $395,000 to complete seawall and fencing repairs and improve waterfront access at MacNeil Park in College Point
• $250,000 for site acquisition for an addition to Udalls Cove Park Preserve in Little Neck.

The $12.1 million is included in the Fiscal Year 2019 budget being adopted by the Mayor and the City Council. It represents part of the approximately $54 million in Borough President Katz’s FY19 discretional capital funding.

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