BY JON CRONIN
Kew Gardens residents may finally get back a part of Maple Grove Park that they lost five years ago.
When the Borough Hall parking garage came down, the Queens district attorney’s office lost its parking. The DOT’s contractor created a space for them in the park.
“Once this was brought to their and our attention, it was addressed,” said a spokeswoman for the city’s Parks Department. “The DA’s office has vacated and we have secured the space. Parks is completing a restoration plan that [its] office will execute: it will include removing the gravel, aerating the soil, topsoil and laying new seed. While weather dependent, we expect that this will be done in the coming months.”
Meris Campbell, assistant public information officer for the DA’s office, confirmed that the office has found parking elsewhere.
Diane Park, public information officer for the state DOT, said that the agency owns a fenced-in section that has been the agency’s staging area where officials from various agencies have been parking for the past six years during the construction of the Kew Gardens Interchange (KGI) projects. For a third, upcoming KGI project, the agency would need to remove parking along 132nd Street.
Park said that the space adjacent to Maple Grove Park was created to accommodate permitted parking that was lost during construction. The staging area within the state DOT’s right-of-way was made available as an alternative parking area.
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