Children’s Alley Pond Playground Re-Opens
Councilmember Mark Weprin joined Queens Parks Commissioner Dorothy Lewandowski, for the re-opening of a children’s playground in Alley Pond Park after it was destroyed by an overnight fire on Sept. 28, 2011. Also in attendance were Deputy Borough President Barry Grodenchik, Community Board 11 Chair Jerry Iannece, 111th Precinct Captain Jason S. Huerta, Community Board 11 District Manager Susan Seinfeld and Chief of Staff Deanna Bitetti for Assemblymember David Weprin. It cost about $175,000 to replace the damaged playground equipment. Parks Department officials suspect that an individual or group set fire to the playground, though no arrests have been made.
“It is a shame that the community had to go for several months without this playground, but I am pleased that the Alley Pond Park’s children’s playground is open for business once again,” said Weprin.
The children’s playground is located in Alley Pond Park at the intersection of Springfield Boulevard and 76th Avenue in Oakland Gardens, Queens; it is used by thousands of local children.