2017-11-01 / Front Page

Van Bramer, Katz Announce $6.7 Million Renovation Of Ravenswood Playground

By Dan Miller And Joyce Vetere Milowski

City Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer officially announced the $6 million renovation of the Ravenswood Playground. Van Bramer was joined at the announcement by Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, Joanne Amagrande from the NYC Parks Department, Ravenswood Residents Association President Carol Wilkins, and some Ravenswood residents.Photo Dan Miller/DMD ImagesCity Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer officially announced the $6 million renovation of the Ravenswood Playground. Van Bramer was joined at the announcement by Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, Joanne Amagrande from the NYC Parks Department, Ravenswood Residents Association President Carol Wilkins, and some Ravenswood residents.Photo Dan Miller/DMD ImagesCity Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer officially announced the $6 million renovation of the Ravenswood Playground. Van Bramer was joined at the announcement by Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, Joanne Amagrande from the NYC Parks Department, and Ravenswood Residents Association President Carol Wilkins. The total investment of $6.7 million into the playground consists of approximately $4.2 million from Majority Leader Van Bramer and the City Council and $2.5 million from the Borough President’s office. The design process for the renovated playground will get underway this winter.

 “I am delighted to announce this substantial investment in the people of the Ravenswood Houses,” said Van Bramer. “During my tenure in the City Council, I have made it a priority to improve or renovate virtually every single park in my district. I am especially pleased that this renovation, in tandem with the $130 million commitment made by the Mayor earlier this year to move the DSNY Depot at Ravenswood, signals a real win of environmental justice for this community. I look forward to seeing a fully renovated playground that the whole community can be proud of.”

“Ravenswood Playground is a critically necessary recreational resource that helps our children be physically active,” said Katz.  “That’s why it was important for the Queens Borough President’s Office to allocate $2.5 million toward upgrading the playground so that it will be available as a first-class recreational space for the entire community for years to come. City Council Majority Leader Van Bramer and NYC Parks deserve to be commended for joining me in undertaking this effort to improve this vital playground.”

“Parks is extremely grateful for this large investment in Ravenswood Playground,” said Commissioner Lewandowski. “The allocation of $6.7 million will go a long way to upgrade and reinvent this park, which hasn’t seen a significant renovation in over two decades.  We look forward to meeting with the community this winter to begin the design process with a public scoping meeting where neighbors can give their input on the future of Ravenswood Playground.”

 

 


 

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