2017-07-12 / Front Page

Final Design For Frank Principe Park Unveiled By Crowley, Parks, CB 5

The NYC Department of Parks and Recreation unveiled the final renovation plan for Frank Principe Park in Maspeth.The NYC Department of Parks and Recreation unveiled the final renovation plan for Frank Principe Park in Maspeth.After a thorough, collaborative design process regarding the redesign of Frank Principe Park in Maspeth, the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation unveiled the final renovation plan for the park.
The park has not seen any significant upgrades since the 1980s, but with $6.8 million allocated by NYC Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley, the total renovation project will:
• Replace the current four natural-turf ball fields with one new, synthetic-turf soccer field and bleachers, and two new synthetic-turf, multi-use ball fields with accessible dugouts and amenities.
• Provide a new entrance along Maurice Avenue, and improved park entry at the existing comfort station, connecting users to existing park amenities.
• Reconstruct the perimeter fence.
• Enhance site amenities for users and spectators, including bleachers, misting stations and water fountains.
• Install an electrical conduit and pull boxes to allow for future field lighting.
“Over the years, I have heard complaints from countless residents, frustrated with the conditions of their fields. In 2014, we secured the funding for a total renovation of the fields, and now we have the design that will benefit families right here in the community for generations to come,” Crowley said.
The soccer field, Crowley noted, will be of good use for the growing number of soccer players in the district. Community Board 5 has few full, regulation-size soccer fields, but Frank Principe will serve those taking part in this sport, growing in popularity each year.
The Councilwoman held several visioning sessions for this design, in which the local community gathered and weighed in on what would best benefit local families, athletes and seniors. The Parks Department took all of this into consideration, and used it to produce the final design.
“Frank Principe Park honors a community leader who fought for open space in Maspeth. We’re proud to continue Frank’s legacy by collaborating with the community on this great design for new soccer and softball fields,” said Queens Parks Commissioner Dorothy Lewandowski. “I would like to thank Councilmember Crowley for her tremendous allocation to this project, and we look forward to breaking ground by the end of this year.”
The project is currently in procurement, and is expected to break ground this fall. The full renovation is expected to be complete by Fall 2018.
“My sincere thanks to Councilmember Elizabeth Crowley for securing funding to reconstruct the soft surface ballfields at Frank Principe Park, which is the largest park in Maspeth. Once completed, this park will give children and teenagers an excellent athletic field and honor Frank Principe, who did wonderful community work to benefit Maspeth and other communities,” said Community Board 5 District Manager Gary Giordano.
Since taking office, Councilwoman Crowley has allocated $25 million for parks throughout Council District 30. This year’s budget includes funding for Juniper Valley Park in Middle Village, and Bush Park in Woodside. Prior years’ allocations have included upgrades for Rosemary’s Playground in Ridgewood, Evergreen Park in Glendale, and Mary Whalen Playground in Woodhaven.

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