May 24, 2019 By Meghan Sackman (Updated: May 29, 2019)
Community Board 1 has announced updates regarding the long-awaited reopening of some of Astoria’s parks including Triborough Bridge Playground C–with a new dog run–and Dutch Kills Playground.
Triborough Bridge Playground C, located on Hoyt Avenue South between 23rd Street and 24th Street, is likely to reopen in coming weeks, according to Nancy Silverman, Community Board 1’s Chair of the Parks Committee, who spoke at the board’s monthly meeting earlier week.
The playground has been undergoing a revamp that includes the construction of a dog run, new basketball courts, and widened sidewalks and new trees.
The dog run, which has been highly anticipated by Astoria dog owners, will feature separate areas for large and small dogs, with each area featuring spray fire hydrants, rocky mounds for the dogs to climb, drinking fountains with dog bowls, and seating for owners.
The revamped basketball court, separated from the dog run by a fence, will feature a new asphalt pavement, a new color seal, new backboards, seating and a drinking fountain.
Silverman said that the Parks Department is looking for a community partner to help maintain and clean the dog run. The people who had volunteered to do it have moved out of the area. She said that those residents who want to step in and volunteer should contact the Parks Department.
Silverman also announced that the Dutch Kills Playground was slated to reopen soon.
The playground, located on 36th Avenue and Crescent Street next to P.S. 112, received $3.1 million in funding, which was allocated by Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer’s office and the Mayor in 2016.
The upgrades involve the reconstruction of the playground and court area, as well as renovations to the bathroom.
Silverman also announced that the overhaul of Playground 35, located on 35th Avenue between Steinway Street and 41st Street, is behind schedule. The park, which received $2.1 million in Mayoral funding, was supposed to reopen this month. No reason was provided for the delay and a reopening date has yet to be established.
The City may also be looking to make upgrades to Rainey Park, Silverman said.
A scoping meeting is being held on May 30 at the Noguchi Museum from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The City is looking to get public feedback about what residents would like to see added to the park.