By Ariel Hernandez
As part of her Fiscal Year 2016 discretionary capital funds, Borough President Melinda Katz announced an allocation of $32 million for important construction, renovations and upgrades across 37 public parks in Queens.
“Parks are the jewels of our neighborhoods,” Katz said in a written statement. “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.”
Among the 37 parks, Flushing Meadows in Corona Park is receiving the most funding with $3 million going towards the preservation of the New York State Pavilion, $2 million to renovate the asphalt field at the World’s Fair Playground and $480,000 for the replacement of the aviary mesh and marsh bridge at the Queens Zoo.
Other parks that are being largely funded for are the Vleigh Playground in Flushing with $1.6 million going towards resurfacing the baseball field and upgrading the play equipment, Mauro Playground in Kew Garden Hills with $1.5 million to install new play equipment and to upgrade the sprinklers and surface, and Glen Oaks Playground receiving $1.5 million which will go towards renovations for the baseball fields.
Overall the funds will be used towards renovating, upgrading, installing, constructing and improving Queens’ parks in efforts to make the 7,273 acres of parkland throughout the border more enjoyable for Queens residents and visitors.