June 14, 2018 By Christian Murray
A ceremonial ground breaking took place this morning to mark the beginning of a $1.3 million revamp of playground at an East Elmhurst school.
The playground at I.S. 227, located on the corner of Northern and Junction Boulevards, is going to be transformed into a space that will include a running track, turf field, volleyball court, basketball court, trees, benches, a handball court, gazebo and play equipment.
The playground will also capture 800,000 gallons of storm water per year.
The playground is currently a large asphalt surface filled with cracks and potholes from over three decades of wear and tear.
The overhaul is expected to be completed by fall.
Funding for the project was provided from the Queens Borough President’s office, New York Road Runners and the Trust for Public Land.
The overhaul is part of the Trust for Public Land’s Playgrounds Program, which aims to create engaging playgrounds at New York City schools. The programs encourage student participation in the design. The program has added more than 150 acres of playground space since its 1996 founding.