2008-07-18 / Community

Hammel Houses Children Celebrate New Playground

By Miriam Rosenberg

These girls keep busy as they make chalk drawings on the playground's concrete.  These girls keep busy as they make chalk drawings on the playground's concrete. The children of Hammel Houses, were treated to a celebration, earlier this month, of the development's renovated playground courtesy of the city's Department of Parks and Recreation.

"The Hammel Playground was funded by $142,360 provided by Mayor Bloomberg," said Trish Bertuccio, a spokesperson for the Parks Department, in an email. "The renovation was completed in May 2008 and included new basketball courts, play equipment and safety surfacing, swings, a water fountain and a spray shower."

Bertuccio added that the agency is finalizing a contract to renovate the comfort station, which is being funded by a $250,000 allocation from Councilman James Sanders Jr.

A park ranger and adults from the Hammels Day Care Center work with some of the young people who were in attendance at the July 3 celebration. A park ranger and adults from the Hammels Day Care Center work with some of the young people who were in attendance at the July 3 celebration. The youngsters were given juice and cookies courtesy of the Parks Department. The youngsters were given juice and cookies courtesy of the Parks Department. Councilman James Sanders Jr. learns there are some new rules to nok hockey since he grew up in Hammel Houses. Queens Commissioner of Parks Dorothy Lewandowski and Jill Weber, right, the Parks Department's Rockaway Administrator looks on. Councilman James Sanders Jr. learns there are some new rules to nok hockey since he grew up in Hammel Houses. Queens Commissioner of Parks Dorothy Lewandowski and Jill Weber, right, the Parks Department's Rockaway Administrator looks on.

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