2017-10-25 / Front Page

Borough President Secure $6 Million To Rebuild Ravenswood Playground

Dr. Dan Miller and Joyce Vetere Milowski

City Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer joined Borough President Melinda Katz and together will spend $6 million on the rebuilding of Ravenswood Playground in Astoria.Photo Dan Miller/DMD IMAGESCity Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer joined Borough President Melinda Katz and together will spend $6 million on the rebuilding of Ravenswood Playground in Astoria.Photo Dan Miller/DMD IMAGESOn a spring like afternoon October 23 Queens Borough President Melinda Katz and City Council Majority Leaders Jimmy Van Bramer joined representatives from the Parks Commissioner and the Ravenswood Houses Civic Association to announce a major construction project that will reshape the imprint of the Ravenswood neighborhood playground forever.

Each of the elected officials chipped in for a total of $6 million to build a brand new playground for the entire community to use.

In this project the community will have input. The local leaders of community groups will be invited to give their input into the architectural design of the park that will begin changing in 2018.

Borough President Melinda Katz was very optimistic about what this project would do to the quality of life for those residing in the Ravenswood houses and who use the playground and park grounds. She began by complimenting Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer for his leadership in the City Council and for bringing resources back to his district as well as evidence of him teaming up with Borough President Katz to make rebuilding Ravenswood Playground a reality. “Today we are here to announce the funding of the Ravenswood Park.”…we are announcing that the Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, myself and the Mayor’s office and the Parks Department are dispensing over $6 million for Ravenswood Park to be redone.”

Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer was very happy to be part of the solution for many problems that have arisen due to lack of space for residents to exercise, to meet in friends, to bring their children to play, etc. The president of the Ravenswood Houses Residents Association, Carol Wilkins, was surrounded by members of the association, Ms. Johnson, Ms. Gibson, Eddie Kadeeze.   “This is a great community, an amazing, amazing place where so many amazing families call home. A great community deserves a park as great as its people. Council Majority Leader Van Bramer thanked the Borough President, “for joining me in this great effort. He thanked Mayor Di Blasio for assisting in this project.

“We are very excited that the mayor has put in $130 million to relocate this facility, referring to the Sanitation Department Depot adjacent to the park along 21 Street between 34 and 35 Avenue, Astoria. Mr. Van Bramer continued, “This is about making sure that we invest in Ravenswood and the people f Ravenswood and the children of Ravenswood who deserve to play in a state of the art park, with state of the art equipment, In a place that everyone can be proud of.”

To make way for the new imprint of an expanded new park and playground construction the New York City Sanitation would have to move its garage located just behind the park for the extra acreage to be available for this project. In order for the Sanitation facility to be demolished and relocated Mayor Bill di Blasio, a supporter of the project, kicked in more than $100 million for the Sanitation Department relocation.       


 

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