2010-08-13 / Community

P.S. 114 To Receive Schoolyard Makeover

By Nicholas Briano

Starting next week and lasting until next spring, the PS 114 schoolyard in Belle Harbor will undergo a complete overhaul that will include the installation of track and field facilities, basketball and volleyball courts, greenery and other amenities as part of Mayor Bloomberg’s Schoolyards to Playgrounds initiative.

More specifically, the school located on Cronston Avenue and Beach 135 Street will receive new asphalt, drains, color seal coat basketball courts, a volleyball court, soccer field and track and games. In addition, the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation says the site will be improved with new trees, benches, interior fencing, and a trash enclosure area. Parks officials say the schoolyard will be opened as a full-time playground and the community will have access after school hours, on weekends, and during school breaks. The playground will be locked at night.

“School custodians are responsible for opening and closing the playgrounds,” Parks spokesperson Jesslyn Moser said. “All sites stay locked overnight. Custodians close all schoolyards to playgrounds sites at dusk, which is when all playgrounds across the city close.”

The PlaNYC Schoolyards to Playgrounds initiative in collaboration with the Trust for Public Land, since 2007, has transformed 147 schoolyards or asphalt lots to full-time playgrounds. In Queens, 28 sites have been created to date, with 14 more to be completed around the same time as PS 114.

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