Aug. 25, 2019 By Shane O’Brien
Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer has announced that he has allocated $3.7 million toward a major revamp of Rainey Park–a waterfront park located on the border of Astoria and Long Island City.
The allocation comes on top of a $3 million allocation Van Bramer secured from the city’s 2016 fiscal budget–and $800,000 allotted by the Queens Borough President. All told, the park will be undergoing a $7.5 million overhaul.
Renovations to the 8-acre park will include improvements to the park’s play areas, athletic fields, sidewalks and green spaces. This will be the first upgrade to Rainey Park in over a decade, according to Van Bramer.
The $3.7 million was secured as part of the city’s 2020 fiscal budget and was announced by Van Bramer on Friday.
Van Bramer said that the upgrades will be of great benefit to the community and nearby schools.
“It provides much-needed green space to the surrounding Astoria and Long Island City areas,” Van Bramer said. “It is critical that we continually invest in our parks and provide all children and families with the beautiful, modernized public open spaces that they deserve.”
Van Bramer also said that he would be working with NYC Parks to ensure that community input is incorporated into the new designs and renovations implemented in the park.