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Astoria Community Leaders Break Ground on $1.5 Million Playground

Groundbreaking ceremony for new playground at P.S. 84Q (Council Member Costa Constantinides Twitter)

Dec. 18, 2019 By Allie Griffin

Queens community leaders broke ground on a new $1.5 million student-designed playground at P.S. 84Q in Astoria Monday.

The new green playground, scheduled to open in the fall of 2020, has been designed by students who have learned skills like budgeting, negotiation and planning in the process.

At the groundbreaking ceremony Monday morning, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, Council Member Costa Constantinides and Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Vincent Sapienza joined the school community and representatives of the Trust for Public Land, which initiated the building of the new green playground.

The playground will include a running track, turf field, two play equipment areas, basketball hoops, game tables, benches, an amphitheater, an outdoor classroom and green infrastructure elements like permeable pavers and specifically chosen plantings and trees.

The new playground at P.S. 84Q, located at 22-45 41st St, will also be open to the public during select after school hours.

It is being built through The Trust for Public Land’s New York City Playgrounds Program — which has designed and/or built more than 200 school and community playgrounds across the five boroughs.

“This new playground will transform a former barren asphalt lot into a vibrant green space that will benefit P.S 84 students and the larger Astoria community,” said Carter Strickland, New York State Director for The Trust for Public Land.

Council Member Constantinides, an alumni of the school, helped secure funding to construct the new playground.

“As a P.S. 84 alumni and a neighbor who grew up just across the street from this school, I have many fond memories of this outdoor space,” Constantinides said. “From throwing around a football to chasing baseballs hit into the street, this schoolyard was a place of happiness and I’m incredibly proud to have helped make the investment to transform this concrete lot into a vibrant green open space that will better serve P.S. 84 and the larger northern Astoria community.”

The new playground is the result of a partnership with the New York City Department of Education, the DEP and the School Construction Authority. Queens Borough President Katz also helped secure funding.

“This student-designed and environmentally-friendly playground will be a first-class, state-of-the-art recreational resource for Astoria,” Katz said. “The construction of this playground represents a significant investment in Astoria and will better enable both schoolchildren and local residents to enjoy the outdoors and be physically active.”

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Pete

I have a home but enjoying peeing in the parks to show support for the homeless. Athens Square Park is hosting it’s 3rd annual Pee in this Sun. You and I pee alongside homeless legends, Sgt Sesame, Always Silent, BigBearded ,Black Dude. (Sleeping in open apt hallway near you) And the legend, For years he sat on a crate outside Crown. He was a charming, jokestar. “Want to get Married, I got Food Stamps!” KEMAL!

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Do something real

It will be a great place for all the new homeless people in Astoria to sleep and pee !

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Adam

$1.5 Million!? Why does it cost that much!? Why would you introduce an expensive playground in the middle of a residential area already tight on parking!? Who signed off on this nonsense!?

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S

So the residents have a place to do something other than park their cars. And unless you have any concept on how much things cost (material & labor) you should probably stick to airing ignorant comments to yourself.

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