The quarter-acre Plaut Triangle in Flushing will be getting a major facelift next summer with the addition of new pathways, a drinking fountain and a spigot for watering plants, new benches, additional plantings and gates.
Chrissy Voskerichian, vice president of the Station Road Civic Association, is delighted with the plans. Her group has helped maintain the site for five years. “Our civic and community members are very happy and excited that money was funded for the upgrades to Plaut,” Voskerichian said.
The upgrades to the triangle, located on Northern Boulevard, 43rd Avenue and 169th and 170th streets, arebeing funded with $200,000 from the City Council and $200,000 from the Borough President’s Office.
Voskerichian said her group does two cleanups there a year plus plantings and watering throughout the year. She and civic President Rhea O’Gorman will take responsibility for opening and closing the gates every day.
“It is important to value the green spaces we have, and while funding is key, there is a great deal that can be done when the community and city agencies work together,” Voskerichian added, noting that the civic will continue partnering with the Parks Department.
The triangle was named after Frank Plaut, a Flushing native who was active in civic affairs, including the Flushing Democratic Club, and donated the land for the green space in 1923. Plaut died in 1949 and the triangle was named after him in 1980.