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OMB approves $1.5M for boro park upgrades

Springfield, Bowne parks on list

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Posted: Thursday, October 31, 2013 10:30 am | Updated: 11:12 am, Thu Nov 7, 2013.

Two parks in Springfield Gardens and another in Flushing have received approval for $1.5 million in capital improvement money.

The funding, set aside in Borough President Helen Marshall’s annual capital budget, was just approved by the city’s Office of Management and Budget.

A statement issued by her office said $700,000 will pay for the reconstruction of the field house at Springfield Park, which covers more than 23 acres in an area bordered by Springfield Boulevard, 149th Avenue, 183rd Street and 145th Road in Springfield Gardens.

The field house will receive a refurbished roof, new lighting and improved utilities. The building also will be brought up to code under the federal Americans with Disabilities Act, which governs access to public accommodations for the handicapped.

Springfield Park incorporates a playground, two basketball courts, two tennis courts and a pair of baseball diamonds.

Across 145th Road in Springfield Park North, there will be a $400,000 project to repair the roof and improve handicapped accessibility to the comfort station at the one-acre playground.

A similar project, also costing $400,000, is slated for the Bowne Park comfort station in Flushing.

Bowne Park is just under 12 acres and is bordered by 29th and 32nd avenues and by 155th and 159th streets. It has a bocce court, a playground and a basketball court to go with its walkways and a pond.

“All of our borough’s parks play a key role in promoting quality of life by providing the people of Queens with much-needed space for recreation and relaxation,” Marshall said in a statement issued by her office.

“That’s why it is vitally important that all the recreational and comfort station facilities located within these parks be in good repair and fully available for public use.”

No information on schedules for the bidding process or construction was immediately available.

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