BY ARIEL HERNANDEZ
Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside), Queens Parks Commissioner Dorothy Lewandowski, Community Board 2, and children from Sports and Arts in Schools at IS 125 cut the ribbon of the new basketball and handball courts on Tuesday at Lance Corporal Thomas P. Noonan Playground in Sunnyside, marking the official completion of the park.
“Noonan Playground is a hub of our community,” Van Bramer said. “I was proud to allocate $2 million for the first round of renovations to the park, and fought hard for the additional $200,000 to renovate the basketball and handball courts. With these modern courts, separate play areas for toddlers and older children, and of course the famous rainbow sprinkler, children and families in Sunnyside and Woodside will continue to have a wonderful place to play for years to come.”
The full court, two half courts and handball courts are the finishing touches of the $2.2 million renovation to Noonan Playground. The first phase of the renovation, which was completed in April 2015, included accessible play equipment, more swings, a toddler area, the rainbow sprinkler, landscaping and fencing.
“At Woodside on the Move, our participants, parents, and staff refer to Noonan Playground as Rainbow Park because of the rainbow sprinklers where our kids play,” said Justin Petropoulos, After-School/SummerCamp Program Director for Woodside on the Move. “These new basketball and handball courts will provide our Summer Camp participants with a beautiful, outdoor space to learn and play.”
This phase consists of all new asphalt, all new sport coating, new backboards with fiber glass, new rims and an all new handball court, which according to Lewandowski, has been heavily used by the kids in the community.
In addition to the renovations, there will be two around-the-clock park staff members whom will work seven days a week to make sure that the park is clean and safe.
Van Bramer also announced that the building of an expansion of IS 125 and of PS 11 is in the works, along with the improvements to other Sunnyside parks. Since being elected, he has allocated $10 million towards parks and has helped fund the construction of 10 brand new school buildings.
“It is my job to make sure that the lives of the children in our community are better, are great, are healthy and are safe,” said Van Bramer. “Our community has lots of wonderful places to learn and to play, with so many great libraries, great schools, great after schools and great summer programs.”
Following the ribbon-cutting, Van Bramer and Lewandowski played basketball with the kids of IS 125 summer program.
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