Funding Goes To Glen Oaks Oval For Lights

BY JOE MARVILLI
Staff Writer

The Glen Oaks Oval will soon have some badly needed lighting, thanks to a recently received allocation.

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) joined the Glen Oaks Village Owners Inc. at its annual company picnic with some good news. The Glen Oaks Oval will receive a capital funding allocation of $400,000 for additional lighting, as only half of the park is lit up at night.

According to Glen Oaks Village president Bob Friedrich, the park’s lighting is not even, leaving half of the location in the dark at night, a scenario that could be dangerous for people walking or jogging after sunset. “On one side of the park, there are seven park lights. On the other side, there are none. I don’t know why they built it that way, but at night, one side of that park gets very dark,” he said. “At least now, in the evening when it gets dark, they’ll be able to see where they’re jogging and running.”

Friedrich said that he reached out to Avella’s office about four months ago on the issue. Avella added that once he heard about the lack of lighting, he reached out to the Parks Dept. and Dept. of Transportation, as both agencies are responsible for the installation of new lights.

Glen Oaks Village president Bob Friedrich (right) holds up a $400,000 check for park lighting from State Sen. Tony Avella.

Glen Oaks Village president Bob Friedrich (right) holds up a $400,000 check for park lighting from State Sen. Tony Avella.

“The money goes to Parks but DOT has to do the installation. It’s going to take a little time for them to put together a plan. Hopefully, the City can expedite this,” Avella said.

The senator added that his position as a member of the Independent Democratic Conference made it far easier for him to get the necessary funding for this project.

“All of the money I’ve brought back to the district, no other Senator in Queens is getting that money,” he said. “I wouldn’t get a dime if I was in the Democratic conference.”

Avella added that he got $1.7 million for capital improvements in his district’s schools and $1.3 million for the parks in his district.

Reach Joe Marvilli at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 125, jmarvilli@queenstribune.com, or @JoeMarvilli.