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Beaten-up Queensbridge Park House to be demolished, to be replaced by new $3 million structure

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April 29, 2017 By Christian Murray

Plans to overhaul the Queensbridge Park House were unveiled Thursday, with city officials announcing that $3 million will be spent on redoing the dilapidated space that has been out of use for decades.

The Park’s old field house, which was built in 1941, will be demolished and replaced by a new 15,500 square foot facility. The new field house will include a community room, an office area for Parks staff, a public restroom, and storage space for the park’s maintenance equipment. It will be also be surrounded by an outdoor plaza area complete with seating, bicycle racks and drinking fountains.

Work on the park is expected to begin in fall, with the project expected to take 12-18 months to complete.

Funds to renovate the Park House were allocated by Councilman Jimmy Bramer as part of an effort to improve Queensbridge Park.

Van Bramer said he has directed $6 million of city funds toward Queensbridge Park since he took office a little over seven years ago. He said that $3.4 million was spent to fix the crumbling seawall with a 6-foot wide promenade, benches, plantings, and a small wharf.

“One of my top priorities since taking office has been to improve Queensbridge Park for the seniors, families, and children of Queensbridge and Western Queens that use this park to enjoy nature, play team sports, and take in the breathtaking views,” Van Bramer said.

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Caped crusader

Some of the thugs there will destroy it and ruin it for the good people that are there

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Anon

If you look at the NYC crime map, crime is actually less in LIC (where Queensbridge park is) than in Astoria. Crime has been significantly lowered over the years and many use the park nowadays.

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debra

They need better security at this park throughout the year but especially during the summer. People should to be ticked for littering, not picking up after their dog and smoking. Its ridiculous in the summer with the public pool. They should also really invest in a couple of piers.

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Anon

You’re thinking of Astoria Park, Debra. This is Queensbridge park, off Vernon blvd and 41st avenue.

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Jenlastoria

Constituents of Councilman Constantinedes should consider this alternative. Astoria Park field house is at least as dilapidated, but instead of renovation or creating a new structure like this, a divisive and large unwanted artificial turf soccer field and stadium seating is going to encroach on the existing track and field facilities. Despite so-called participant voting, no one voted for that. If it is finalized, we are going to be stuck with an ugly and potentially cancer-causing artificial turf surface, and a bunch of unused stadium seating. In the meanwhile, there are gorgeous soccer fields already in view from the park, an artificial field over on broadway and new town, and one being built by Astoria Sports Center. Priorities, priorities. Councilman Bremmer seems to have gotten it right, whereas in upper Astoria, the special interests prevail, despite desperately needed maintenance, restoration, and renovation in all areas of Astoria Park. Venting.

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Richie V

… and Tracers Park in Jackson Heights ?

Very, very little done.

3 years and Counting

Why ?

Ask Danny Dromm

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