Photo: NYC Parks / Daniel Avila
Today, NYC Parks Acting Queens Borough Commissioner Jackie Langsam joined Queens Borough President Donovan Richards, and Council Member Sandra Ung, and members of the community to officially break ground on the $6.6 million Maple Playground reconstruction project.
“NYC Parks is excited to break ground on renovations that will transform Maple Playground in Downtown Flushing,” said Acting Commissioner Langsam. “The new design will ensure that there are different types of play space for the diverse park users, from the proposed play equipment to ping pong tables. We are grateful to Council Member Ung and Borough President Richards for their support of this project, and we look forward to inviting everyone back to play in the new playground once complete.”
“Our playgrounds and parks are the backbones of our neighborhoods, but many of our communities lack the modern, high-quality open spaces that families who need them deserve. With this $6.6 million reconstruction of Maple Playground, Flushing families will have one of those state-of-the-art spaces to call their own,” said Queens Borough President Donovan Richards Jr. “Improving and expanding open space in Queens is a top priority for me, along with my colleagues like Councilmember Ung and the Parks Department, and I look forward to many more groundbreakings with all our partners in the years to come.”
“Maple Playground is an incredibly popular gathering spot,” said Council Member Sandra Ung. “On any given day, it is bustling with seniors playing mahjong, families relaxing with their children, and residents just looking for a little open space in this densely packed neighborhood in the heart of Flushing. I look forward to the day when it reopens and residents can enjoy this renovated open space and all of its new amenities.”
This project will enlarge and relocate the children’s play area to the shaded east side of the park, which will include new play equipment and swings for children ages 2-5 and 5-12, a water play area, and seating. The existing drainage system will be fully reconstructed to eliminate ponding issues that currently plague the playground area. The southern portion of the park will include reconstruction of the basketball court with new color seal coat and installation of three new ping pong tables.
The $6.6 million Maple Playground Reconstruction Project was funded with $3.5 million from City Council, and $3.1 million from the Office of the Queens Borough President.