2016-10-26 / Features

Breaking Ground at Bowne Park Playground


Council Member Paul Vallone joined NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, Community Board 7, the Bowne Park Civic Association and the Broadway-Flushing Homeowners Association to break ground on the reconstruction of the playground in Bowne Park on the morning of October 20. Council Member Paul Vallone joined NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, Community Board 7, the Bowne Park Civic Association and the Broadway-Flushing Homeowners Association to break ground on the reconstruction of the playground in Bowne Park on the morning of October 20. NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP, joined Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, Council Member Paul Vallone, Community Board 7 Parks Committee Chair Kim Ohanian, the Bowne Park Civic Association and the Broadway-Flushing Homeowners Association to break ground on the reconstruction of the playground in Bowne Park on the morning of October 20.

“To have an outstanding city, you’ve got to start with great public spaces,” said Silver. “Bowne Park is an 11-acre oasis in the middle of Flushing, where people come to enjoy nature, spend time with their families, and connect with their neighbors. We’re proud to bring new play equipment here that will evoke the park’s natural wonders, and challenge the imaginations of our neighborhood kids.”


Bowne Park Schematic Design. Bowne Park Schematic Design. The new play area will feature treehouse inspired climbing equipment for kids, and an expanded spray shower with a turtle theme to pay homage to some of the park’s most popular visitors. Painted games, new swings and a full renovation of the basketball courts will complete the project. New benches will also be installed throughout the area. This project was funded with $500,000 from Council Member Vallone, and $1 million from Queens Borough President Katz, for a total of $1.5 million. Construction is expected to be completed in the fall of 2017. Bowne Park is an 11-acre gem in Flushing, Queens. The park features a bocce court, a park house with a community room, and a pond which is home to a family of turtles. The comfort station within the park is also currently being reconstructed, and is expected to reopen in the fall of 2017. A new filtration system for the pond is currently in the design phase.

“Thanks to capital investment of public dollars, the children and families of Flushing can soon look forward to an upgraded Bowne Park Playground featuring equipment welcoming play, including new swings, an expanded spray shower, and renovated basketball courts,” said Katz. “Special thanks to NYC Parks and Commissioner Lewandowski for their dedication to Queens’ families.”

“It was great to stand with our Borough President, the Parks Department and our community as we broke ground and took one step closer towards the bright future for this wonderful park,” stated Vallone. “Bowne Park has always been a gem in North Flushing, and these wonderfully inspired upgrades will be enjoyed by children and their families for years to come. I look forward to working with the community and the Parks Department to ensure this project and its continued development moves swiftly.”

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