BY TRONE DOWD
Just in time for the winter, Cunningham Park received a brand new polar trac, snow removal vehicle to help keep park goers safe.
According to Councilman Barry Grodenchik (D-Oakland Gardens), the new equipment was part of the city’s 2017 Fiscal Budget. It will be used to keep walkways, paths and sidewalks clear following snowstorms this winter season. During the spring and summer, the vehicle can also be used to trim green spaces throughout the park. The $45,000 procurement will be stored in the Cunningham Park garage when not being used.
The councilman was joined by New York City Parks Department Queens Commissioner Dorothy Lewandowski, Community Board 8 Chair Martha Taylor and Friends of Cunningham Park President Marc Haken at Thursday’s unveiling.
“I am pleased to help make the park more accessible year round, and I will continue working with the Department of Parks and Recreation on future improvements to Cunningham Park,” Grodenchik said.
Grodenchik credited Friends of Cunningham Park with their endless advocacy for new snow removal equipment. The Community Board 8 chair seconded the councilman’s sentiment.
“Community Board 8 is thrilled and delighted to have its very first Polar Trac,” Taylor said. “This equipment will help keep Cunningham Park both safe and beautiful.”