2010-10-22 / Community

Bloomberg Helps Break Ground For Rockaway Park

By Miriam Rosenberg

Children from PS 43 join Smith, Sanders, Bloomberg, Benepe, Pheffer and others in a symbolic groundbreaking at O’Donohue Park. Children from PS 43 join Smith, Sanders, Bloomberg, Benepe, Pheffer and others in a symbolic groundbreaking at O’Donohue Park. The first phase of a 13-acre park that will stretch from Beach 11 Street to Beach 17 Street and Beach 28 Street to Beach 32 Street began last Thursday when Mayor Michael Bloomberg and local politicians symbolically broke ground at O’Donohue Park on Beach 17 Street.

“The park will contain amenities including a synthetic turf football field, a performance venue, a skate park, a central lawn area, a variety of other athletic courts, and a climbing wall,” said Bloomberg. He added, “Phase one of this project will cost approximately $28 million and be completed by the spring of 2012. The start date for Phase two, which will include the renovation of the Beach 9 Street playground, has not been scheduled.”

Also at the groundbreaking were Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe, State Senator Malcolm Smith, Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer, Councilman James Sanders Jr., and children from PS 43 and the Church of God Christian Academy.
(Left photo) Bloomberg speaks about the park’s construction at the October 14 event. Surrounding the mayor are Councilman James Sanders Jr., Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe, Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer and State Senator Malcolm Smith. (Left photo) Bloomberg speaks about the park’s construction at the October 14 event. Surrounding the mayor are Councilman James Sanders Jr., Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe, Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer and State Senator Malcolm Smith.
(Bottom left photo) Former New York Jet Marty Lyons, right, and area resident Richard George (foreground) attended the groundbreaking. Lyons is the senior vice president of operations for the LandTek Group, Inc., which will be involved in the construction of the athletic field in the Rockaway West Park (Beach 32 Street). (Bottom left photo) Former New York Jet Marty Lyons, right, and area resident Richard George (foreground) attended the groundbreaking. Lyons is the senior vice president of operations for the LandTek Group, Inc., which will be involved in the construction of the athletic field in the Rockaway West Park (Beach 32 Street).
(Bottom right photo) 101 Precinct Public Affairs Officer Maurice Roper and Captain Michael Lipetri examine one of the renderings of what the new skate park will look like. It will be located at what is now the parking lot on Seagirt Boulevard.  (Bottom right photo) 101 Precinct Public Affairs Officer Maurice Roper and Captain Michael Lipetri examine one of the renderings of what the new skate park will look like. It will be located at what is now the parking lot on Seagirt Boulevard.

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