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Repairs to start in Shady Park

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Posted: Thursday, June 13, 2013 10:30 am | Updated: 11:03 am, Thu Jun 20, 2013.

On Monday the Parks Department starts repairs to bring Andrews Grove, the Long Island City park nicknamed Shady Park for its former large trees, back to normal.

Hurricane Sandy ripped seven trees from the park’s ground, damaged play equipment and ruined the fence. The monthlong restoration will focus on fixing these features, located on the south side of 49th Avenue between Vernon Boulevard and Fifth Street.

Trees will need to come next. No date has been set for planting.

“Repairing the playground and mending fences are important steps towards restoring this gem in our community,” state Sen. Mike Gianaris (D-Astoria) said.

Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) secured $10,000 from JetBlue and Warner Bros. to help purchase larger trees than Parks could afford.

Friends of Shady Park, a neighborhood organization, is asking for a mixture of hardy trees that can withstand high winds and are about 20 feet tall.

The smaller play structure on the west side of the park reopened in December.

— Josey Bartlett

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