City To Break Ground On East End Park Improvements
As part of Mayor Bloomberg’s project PlaNYC to create more open spaces and to ensure that all New Yorkers live within a 10-minute walk of a park, city and local representatives will be breaking ground this week to expand O’Donohue Park on Beach 17 Street and will create a new park on the east end of Rockaway.
The project will be in two phases –the East Park and the West Park. The East Park goes from the beginning of the parking lot on Beach 11 Street and Seagirt Boulevard down to Beach 17 Street and the end of O’Donohue Park. The West Park runs from Beach 28 Street to Beach 32 Street.
“On the East we will be adding a skateboard park, a playground and sports courts,” said Sue Donoghue, an assistant commissioner for Sustainability Initiatives at New York City’s Parks and Recreation. “There will be a new performance space for concerts – an open air pavilion [partially funded by Councilman James Sanders Jr.].”
Donoghue said that although there will be fewer parking spaces available, the project will expand the area for lawns and other greenery.
“The West area will have a playground, a water play area, a synthetic football and soccer field and a handicapped comfort station.”
O’Donohue Park is one of eight PlaNYC parks identified as critical for revitalization by the Parks Department. Donoghue said she is not sure if O’Donohue Park will be closed down completely during the renovation. The groundbreaking was scheduled for Thursday, October 21. Work on both phases of the $24 million project is scheduled to begin in November. It is estimated the construction will be completed in April 2012.