A log cabin in Queens! That’s the latest addition at Alley Pond Environmental Center.
The picturesque wood structure at the Douglaston nature center, which is used as a classroom, was primarily paid for by former state Sen. Frank Padavan, a longtime supporter of APEC.
APEC Executive Director Irene Scheid said that when Padavan was in office, he garnered a state grant in 2000 to erect an outdoor pavilion at the facility. It featured a raised wooden platform deck and a custom-made tent. But by last year, the tent “was on its last legs,” Scheid said.
Finding out that his Padavan Pavilion had become passe, the ex-senator provided more than $21,000 for a log cabin to replace it.
“City and state funds went for extra utility lines for heating, air conditioning and other upgrades. Now it can be used year-round,” Scheid said, noting that in the past the tent got too hot to use in the summer and too cold in the winter.
“Teachers love it, as do visitors,” she added. “And we also use it for tween birthday parties.”
Scheid said the new structure was erected in three days by using the pavilion’s parameters and deck.