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Planters at Travers Park in Jackson Heights Undergo a Colorful Makeover

New murals have been painted on the planters at Travers Park in Jackson Heights (Photo: NYC Parks / Elizabeth Masella)

July 29, 2022 By Czarinna Andres

The planters at Travers Park have undergone a makeover with each of them featuring a colorful vibrant mural.

The murals have gone up on 12 planters at the popular park, which is located between 77th and 78th streets on the north side of 34th Avenue. The murals highlight the many immigrant cultures that make up the Jackson Heights community.  They also represent the connection and harmony of vegetation, the natural world and humans.

The artwork was designed by Mark Saldana, a Queens-based artist, and were painted by members of a skills training program overseen by the New Immigrant Community Empowerment (NICE) organization. NICE provides a variety of services to local immigrant groups.

The artwork was also done in conjunction with NYC Parks Dept. and Council Member Shaker Krishnan, who represents Jackson Heights/Elmhurst. Krishnan is also the chair of the Council’s Parks Committee.

New murals have been painted on the planters at Travers Park in Jackson Heights (Photo: NYC Parks / Elizabeth Masella)

New murals have been painted on the planters at Travers Park in Jackson Heights. This photo was taken prior to murals going up (Photo: NYC Parks / Elizabeth Masella)

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Joe B

So while every day I am stepping around drunks passed out on the sidewalk or avoiding homeless people rambling to themselves on the subway platform, observing a new patch of graffiti on a wall, or another broken shop window, THIS is what Council Member Shaker Krishnan thinks is a priority for our community.


Beautiful job to whoever created them. Let’s hope and pray that no lowlife will come and deface them, because it’s hard to have anything nice in NY without some fool to come and ruin it.


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