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London Planetree Park may open by autumn

City says project is ahead of schedule

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Posted: Thursday, March 28, 2013 10:30 am | Updated: 10:12 am, Thu Apr 4, 2013.

The $1.7 million renovation of London Planetree Park in Ozone Park is ahead of schedule and may open by the fall, the Parks Department said last week.

The park, located at Atlantic Avenue and 88th Street on the Ozone Park-Woodhaven border, is getting a complete overhaul. The site formerly had a large open asphalt surface. The renovations will include an extensive skate park, which the community requested because of the number of youths using the nearby parking lot at the Pathmark shopping center for skateboarding and rollerblading.

There will also be an adult fitness center, a walking path and sitting areas, and two existing basketball courts will be reconstructed. Trees and shrubs will also be planted.

The project was originally due to last 18 months, but is currently a few months ahead of schedule, Parks Department spokesman Zachary Feder said.

The project was funded by Borough President Helen Marshall, who allocated $1 million, and by Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park), who allocated $723,000.

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