Captain Dermody Triangle Park in Bayside Hills will be getting a $275,000 facelift through an allocation announced last Saturday by state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside).
The small park is located at the intersection of 48th Avenue and 216th Street, but nearby residents said the site has become run down and needs repairs to broken benches and crumbling sidewalk. In addition, dead trees and stumps have not been removed.
Avella noted that members of the Bayside Hills Civic Association have used the park for years for community events. “It is really a shame that the city allowed the conditions of this park to become so poor by failing to maintain the site,” he said. “Funding has been on the drawing board dating back to my days in the City Council.”
The senator added that he “looks forward” to working with the Parks Department on making the necessary repairs. Avella added that he was able to secure the funding in the state budget after joining the Independent Democratic Conference in February, which has the majority vote in the Senate.
The park was named after William Dermody, an abolitionist and operator of a stage coach line in Bayside. He died in the Battle of Spotsylvania during the Civil War in 1864.