Today’s news:

Juniper Valley Park modernizes design

The newly renovated playground in Juniper Valley Park was made possible through funding by Queens Borough President Helen Marshall. Photo courtesy Parks Department
TimesLedger Newspapers

Elected officials, civic leaders and city Parks Department officials helped cut the ribbon earlier this month on $750,000 in renovations to the Juniper South Playground.

The project, funded by Borough President Helen Marshall, brought two slides, a variety of climbing equipment, a sitting area and a spray shower to the playground.

The new spray shower is designed to look like a pond with shower heads in the shape of cattails and a dragonfly perched on a read, and depictions of Mallard ducks swimming in the water.

“Juniper Valley Park is one of the jewels of the Queens parks system,” said Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe. “This new playground features the latest in 21st-century playground design, with eco-friendly stormwater capture, challenging climbing equipment and a wetland-themed spray shower that reflects the site’s history as a former swamp. We are grateful to Borough President Helen Marshall for her generous allocation that allowed us to renovate this playground, and her staunch support for parks throughout Queens.”

Marshall said the playground was designed for children ages 5 through 12.

“It has been my pleasure to work with Queens Commissioner Dorothy Lewandowski and her staff to provide new improvements to our more than 400 parks, playgrounds, triangles and malls throughout the borough,” she said.

City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village) said she appreciated the support the park has received.

“Juniper Valley Park was my local playground as a child, and it continues to improve with each passing year,” she said. “Children can now play on the new slides in an impressive design that captures the historical significance of this area’s past as a former swampland. As an added bonus, the playground is eco-friendly and built to be sustainable for future generations.”

The $750,000 upgrade comes a year after $933,000 in renovations were made to the park that was funded by Crowley and Mayor Michael Bloomberg that added play equipment designed for younger children.

Reach reporter Howard Koplowitz by e-mail at hkoplowitz@cnglocal.com or by phone at 718-260-4573.

Pin It
Print this story Permalink

Reader Feedback

Enter your comment below

By submitting this comment, you agree to the following terms:

You agree that you, and not TimesLedger.com or its affiliates, are fully responsible for the content that you post. You agree not to post any abusive, obscene, vulgar, slanderous, hateful, threatening or sexually-oriented material or any material that may violate applicable law; doing so may lead to the removal of your post and to your being permanently banned from posting to the site. You grant to TimesLedger.com the royalty-free, irrevocable, perpetual and fully sublicensable license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, perform and display such content in whole or in part world-wide and to incorporate it in other works in any form, media or technology now known or later developed.

CNG: Community Newspaper Group