October 27, By Tara Law
A $3.1 million renovation to a park in Elmhurst is likely to begin this spring, a spokeswoman from the Parks Dept. said Friday.
C.C. Moore Park, located between 45th Avenue, 82nd Street and Broadway, will be closed for a year once the work begins. The revamp will change the park’s layout, triple the size of the playground section and make the park entrances more welcoming.
Project bids for the park are due on Nov. 3. Construction will begin in 2018 if the bids are successful, said Parks Dept. spokeswoman Meghan Lalor.
The upgraded playground will have all new equipment, including equipment that is handicap accessible. A spray shower and pavement games such as hopscotch and four square will be added. The play areas for children ages 0 to 5 and 5 to 12 will be separated.
The sports courts on the lower level of the park will remain, but another volleyball court and two pingpong tables will be added to the area.
The new design will reduce the number of stairs and open up more space for pedestrians and seating, according to the Parks Dept. The additional open space is intended to give park users more space to practice tai chi or dancing, and to encourage farmer’s markets and concerts.
Although the plans will restructure the park, Lalor said that the designs are intended to preserve as many of the park’s mature trees as possible.
Funding for the renovations was allocated by Borough President Melinda Katz and Councilman Daniel Dromm.
The park has not been renovated since 1995, when the playground, perimeter fencing, and other amenities were installed.