BY LUIS GRONDA
After undergoing extensive damage due to Superstorm Sandy, the Hamilton Beach playground will get much needed funding for a renovation.
In a partnership with several elected officials and the Hamilton Beach Civic Association, Resorts World Casino will donate $40,000 to renovate the playground.
The funding will bring new equipment to the playground by the end of next month.
“We firmly believe that investing in our community is an essential part of giving back to those who have been nothing but supportive of Resorts World Casino since we opened our doors almost three years ago,” said Ed Farrell, President of Resorts World Casino. “The children of Hamilton Beach have been without a place to play since Hurricane Sandy severely damaged their neighborhood playground in 2012.”
The facility partnered with the three elected officials who represent Hamilton Beach – Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park), State Sen. Joe Addabbo (D-Middle Village) and Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Ozone Park ) – to bring the money to the playground.
“I believe Resorts World cares about being a part of this community and for that I am truly thankful, as well as appreciative they are reaching out to Hamilton Beach, a geographically isolated neighborhood and one of the worst hit by Hurricane Sandy,” Addabbo said.
“This is an exemplary case of how elected officials, local businesses and community leaders work together to make a difference in the lives of our children,” Ulrich said.
Community Board 10 Chairwoman Betty Braton said the playground had been in disrepair for years and the damage caused by Sandy made it even worse. She said she is pleased the Racino has dedicated money to restoring the facility.
According to Resorts World, work at the playground will begin the first week of September and should be finished by the end of that month.
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