2003-02-15 / Community

Riis Park, Flatbush Facilities Up For Facelift

Riis Park, Flatbush Facilities Up For Facelift

Congressman Anthony Weiner and Gateway National Park are looking for a new contractor to take over golf and tennis facilities in Brooklyn and Queens.  Under the terms of a request for proposals issued by Gateway this month, the new contractor will be expected to invest approximately $900,000 in renovations in the Flatbush Avenue Batting Cages, in Brooklyn, and the Riis Park Pitch and Putt, in Rockaway.

For years, the Flatbush Avenue Batting Cages and the Riis Park Pitch and Putt have provided a wide range of family entertainment to residents of Brooklyn and Queens, including driving ranges, mini-golf, batting practice facilities, tennis courts and shuffle board.  But of late, many of the facilities have begun to show their age, and some of them have fallen into disuse and even disrepair.

  So Rep. Weiner and Gateway have initiated a search to find a new concessionaire who will operate both locations.  Whoever ultimately gets the contract will be expected to fund $450,000 worth of renovations at both sites, to be completed by 2004.

Expected improvements include: The Flatbush Avenue batting cages will be transformed into a state of the art, full service golf center, with refurbished driving range, brand new putting greens and sand traps, and food service.

The Riis Park Pitch and Putt will undergo substantial renovations, including everything from new and improved driving range and mini golf facilities, to restored shuffle board courts.

  "Letting the Flatbush Avenue Batting Cages and the Riis Park Pitch and Putt fall into disrepair would be a real double bogey for Brooklyn and the Rockaways," said Rep. Weiner.  "But making substantial capital improvements at both sites will be an ace in the hole for kids and parents looking for safe, family friendly fun."

  Since taking office in 1998, Weiner has secured funding for several projects in Gateway, including $4.13 million to refurbish the Jacob Riis bath house, $598,000 to save Jamaica Bay's diapering salt marshes, and $850,000 to renovate Charles Park.

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