QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz announced an allocation of $32 million of her Fiscal Year 2016 discretionary capital funds for important construction, renovations and upgrades across 37 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.

“Parks are the jewels of our neighborhoods,” said Borough President KATZ. “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. This substantial capital investment is intended to help enhance our parks to be better enjoyed year-round by millions of children, seniors and families.”

The $32 million capital allocation for parks projects in Queens breaks down as follows:

• $500,000 to redesign the playground, relocate adult fitness equipment, install benches, and repair fencing and gates at Astoria Heights Playground in Astoria
• $1.5 million to upgrade the running track and athletic court at Baisley Pond Park in Jamaica
• $150,000 to upgrade the Beach 94th Street performance space at Rockaway Beach
• $150,000 to acquire Brinckerhoff Cemetery in Fresh Meadows
• $400,000 to install plantings and benches at Brinckerhoff Mall Park in Jamaica
• $850,000 to upgrade the youth baseball field at Crocheron Park in Bayside
• $1.2 million to upgrade Redwood Playground in Cunningham Park in Oakland Gardens
• $500,000 to renovate the multi-purpose play area at Evergreen Park in Ridgewood
• $1,040,000 to upgrade the fields at Frank Golden Park in College Point
• $500,000 to install a walking path to the George Seuffert, Sr. Bandshell at Forest Park in Woodhaven
• $300,000 to improve lighting along the shorefront facing Queens in Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park on Roosevelt Island
• $1.5 million to renovate the baseball fields at Glen Oaks Playground in Glen Oaks
• $1 million to renovate Hallets Cove Playground in Astoria
• $975,000 to improve the asphalt field at Hoffman Park in Elmhurst
• $1.3 million to construct a meditation garden and upgrade Rachel Carson Playground in Kissena Corridor Park in Flushing
• $322,000 to construct a skate park at Laurelton Playground in Laurelton
• $850,000 to upgrade Lannett Playground in Far Rockaway
• $600,000 to renovate Maple Playground in Flushing
• $1.5 million to install new play equipment and to upgrade the sprinklers and surface at Mauro Playground in Kew Gardens Hills
• $350,000 for landscape improvements along the Merrick Boulevard Mall in Springfield Gardens
• $700,000 to enhance the lawn area, install new walkways, decorate pavers, install new benches and plantings, create a new entry and repair the retaining wall at Newtown Playground in Elmhurst
• $2 million to upgrade to existing benches and equipment in Norelli Hargreaves Park in Jamaica
• $300,000 for a mall enhancement and tree plantings along the Northern Boulevard Mall between 62nd Street and 102nd Street in Woodside/Jackson Heights
• $400,000 to renovate Kingsland Homestead in Flushing
• $3 million for the preservation of the New York State Pavilion in Flushing Meadows – Corona Park
• $480,000 to replace the aviary mesh and marsh bridge at the Queens Zoo in Flushing Meadows – Corona Park
• $2 million to renovate the asphalt field at the World’s Fair Playground in Flushing Meadows – Corona Park
• $800,000 to formalize the picnic grove, add gravel pads and grills, install new fences and benches and upgrade the basketball courts in Rainey Park in Astoria
• $1.5 million for turf and track upgrades at Roy Wilkins Park in Jamaica
• $1.4 million to renovate Sandpiper Playground in Rockaway Beach
• $600,000 to renovate the museum building at Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City
• $500,000 construct a dog run at Triborough Bridge Playground B in Astoria
• $375,000 for pavers and accent lighting at Tribute Park in the Rockaways
• $250,000 for site acquisition to add to Udalls Cove in Little Neck
• $175,000 to improve sidewalk and perimeter of Veterans Grove in Elmhurst
• $1.6 million to resurface the baseball field and upgrade the play equipment at Vleigh Playground in Flushing
• $300,000 to support the borough’s Tree Stump Removal Program.

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