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Upgrades coming to Francis Lewis Park

$2M in city funds dedicated to improving it

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Posted: Thursday, July 11, 2019 10:30 am

Francis Lewis Park in Whitestone is getting upgrades to the tune of $2 million.

City Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Bayside) announced on Tuesday that the funds were secured in the fiscal year 2020 city budget.

The northeast Queens lawmaker dedicated $300,000 to improving the waterfront park, with the remaining $1.7 million secured in partnership with Council Speaker Corey Johnson (D-Manhattan).

The money will pay for pathway resurfacings and enhancements to the entrance of the park on Third Avenue along with the Veterans Memorial. In the winter, there will be a meeting with area leaders to discuss the scope of the improvements.

“Access to our public spaces is an integral part of ensuring sustained quality of life in Northeast Queens,” Vallone said in a prepared statement. “I thank Speaker Johnson for his partnership, and I know these improvements will be enjoyed by families in Northeast Queens for years to come!”

The 17-acre park is named after an American entrepreneur and patriot who signed the Declaration of Independence.

“We are grateful to Council Member Vallone and the City Council for their support of these important improvements for the crown jewel of our neighborhood,” Friends of Francis Lewis Park Co-president Dorian Colucci Mecir said in her own statement. “The repair and beautification of Francis Lewis Park will bring joy and recreation to the community for many years to come.”

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