2016-07-20 / Features

Facelift For Noonan Park


City Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer tests out the new courts at Lance Corporal Thomas P. Noonan Playground in Sunnyside with students from Sports and Arts in Schools Foundation Program at IS 125. City Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer tests out the new courts at Lance Corporal Thomas P. Noonan Playground in Sunnyside with students from Sports and Arts in Schools Foundation Program at IS 125. On July 12, City Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer, Queens Parks Commissioner Dorothy Lewandowski, Community Board 2, and children from the Sports and Arts in Schools Foundation at IS 125, cut the ribbon on new basketball and handball courts at Lance Corporal Thomas P. Noonan Playground in Sunnyside.

The new basketball and handball courts are the finishing touches on a $2.2 million renovation to Noonan Playground. The first phase of the renovation, which included new, accessible play equipment, more swings, a toddler area, and new spray shower, was completed in April 2015.

“Noonan Playground is a hub of our community,” said Van Bramer. “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 upgraded basketball and handball courts in Noonan Playground complement the recently completed play area, making this park a great destination for summer fun,” said Commissioner Lewandowski.

Noonan Playground was named for Vietnam War hero Lance Corporal Thomas P. Noonan Jr., who was posthumously awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his valor in rescuing wounded soldiers on the battlefield. Lance Corporal Noonan was killed in action in 1969.

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