2004-04-23 / Community

Gray Playground ‘Ship Shape’ For Sunny Ribbon Cutting

Gray Playground ‘Ship Shape’ For Sunny Ribbon Cutting


With Broad Channel’s Gene Gray Playground now in “ship shape” – its colorful play equipment in the form of a boat – Parks and Recreation Commissioner Adrian Benepe gathered schoolchildren and other officials for a ribbon cutting ceremony last Friday morning. Benepe, second from left, cheers after the ribbon is cut.With Broad Channel’s Gene Gray Playground now in “ship shape” – its colorful play equipment in the form of a boat – Parks and Recreation Commissioner Adrian Benepe gathered schoolchildren and other officials for a ribbon cutting ceremony last Friday morning. Benepe, second from left, cheers after the ribbon is cut.
Commissioner Benepe, left, City Councilman Joseph Addabbo Jr., who secured the funds for the remodel, second from left, and State Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer, right, stand with Gregory Gray, the son of the late Eugene Gray, for whom the park is named. Gene Gray, who died in 1973, was dedicated to working with children and called for the playground to be built.Commissioner Benepe, left, City Councilman Joseph Addabbo Jr., who secured the funds for the remodel, second from left, and State Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer, right, stand with Gregory Gray, the son of the late Eugene Gray, for whom the park is named. Gene Gray, who died in 1973, was dedicated to working with children and called for the playground to be built.Commissioner Benepe, who bantered with the children and sang the theme song to Spongebob Square Pants, took a ride on the park’s new slide.Commissioner Benepe, who bantered with the children and sang the theme song to Spongebob Square Pants, took a ride on the park’s new slide.

Shannon Dougherty, 3, rides on the brand new swings in the park.Shannon Dougherty, 3, rides on the brand new swings in the park.

Commissioner Benepe hands City Councilman Addabbo a stuffed animal – a gift for his newborn daughter, Alexis Jules.Commissioner Benepe hands City Councilman Addabbo a stuffed animal – a gift for his newborn daughter, Alexis Jules.

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