BY JON CRONIN
For years, the Ridgewood community has been concerned about the chipped paint and safety issues at the Rosemary Playground off Woodward Avenue—now, something is finally being done to allay residents’ anxiety.
Nearly 20 years since its last update, Borough President Melinda Katz and Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Glendale) have secured $3.2 million for a revamp of the play area. Katz allocated $2.7, while Crowley delivered $500,000.
Members of Friends of Rosemary’s Playground, the Ridgewood Property Owners and Civic Association, Community Board 5 and local residents all joined Crowley and the city’s Department of Parks and Recreation at a brainstorming session last week.
The Parks Department will take the community’s suggestions for an enclosed toddler area, seating, a teen area and a section for water play and create a preliminary design concept that will be presented this fall.
The year-long construction will begin in 2019.
“When Ridgewood residents came to me almost two years ago looking for a solution for their park, I knew immediately that something had to be done,” Crowley said. “So, we found the funding and put a long-term plan in motion for really sustainable results. These park upgrades will completely revitalize a beloved park in the neighborhood, a place that so many families depend on every day.”
Queens Parks Commissioner Dorothy Lewandowski said that many “impassioned” members of the community turned out to the meeting to discuss their ideas for the playground.
“Our next step is to draft a new design for the park that will open the space and provide updated amenities for all ages,” Lewandowski said.
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