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Historic Park Gets $400K Boost


July 16, 2015 By Jackie Strawbridge 

A small, historic park on the Jackson Heights/East Elmhurst border will see $400,000 for upgrades.

Councilman Costa Constantinides allocated the funding, through the City’s Fiscal Year 2016 budget, to One Room Schoolhouse Park. The park is located at 90th Street and Astoria Boulevard, towards the eastern border of the Councilman’s district.

The funding is expected to cover spruced up green space and improvements to the park’s seating area, according to the Councilman’s office.

According to the Parks Department, Queens’ last one-room schoolhouse stood on the site of this park until its demolition in the 30s. Constructed in 1879, the school served about 50 students from surrounding, mostly rural, neighborhoods.

Today, the park is one of the relatively few public green spaces available to residents of Jackson Heights.

“Our recreational and public areas are at a premium,” Community Board 3 District Manager Giovanna Reid said in a statement. “The planned upgrades to this historic park will for certain enhance the users’ experience. We look forward to these positively wonderful improvements.”

Specific details of these improvements are subject to a formal design process by the Parks Department.

The Parks Department did not immediately respond to requests for comment.




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