Woodhaven’s Mary Whalen Playground is getting some much-needed TLC.
Kate Mooney, a representative from the office of Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village), announced at the March 12 Community Board 9 meeting that the Woodhaven playground, located at Park Lane South and 78th Street, within Forest Park, will undergo a renovation. Crowley allocated $300,000 toward the upgrade of the playground.
However, no specifics on what renovations would be done have been decided on as of yet. Zachary Feder, spokesman for the Parks Department, said the agency will reach out to officials and residents in Woodhaven to see what type of fixes are needed there.
“We will be holding a scoping meeting with Council Member Crowley, community members and other stakeholders in the next few weeks,” he said. “During this meeting the general scope of the renovation will be determined.”
Mary Whalen Playground, which sits at the bottom of a hill topped by Oak Ridge — Forest Park’s administrative building — is named for the former Woodhaven resident who served on Community Board 9 and founded the Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation.
She lived a block from the playground and often took her grandchildren there. It was named for her in 1988, a year after she passed away at the age of 70.