$3.1 million revamp of C.C. Moore Park to start in spring


By Tara Law

Originally published by the Jackson Heights Post on October 27, 2017

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.

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Queens Gazette: Dromm Joins Jackson Heights Beautification Group For Diversity Plaza Clean UP

Councilmember Daniel Dromm joined theJackson Heights Beautification Group and many community members to clean up 74th and 73rd streets and Diversity Plaza on Saturday.

About 30 residents, students and community leaders picked up trash, planted daffodil bulbs and mums in the planters and tree wells and added mulch and compost to the tree wells.

“Keeping our streets and Diversity Plaza, which has become an essential community gathering space, clean is important for insuring a high quality of life for Jackson Heights residents,” Dromm said. “I thank the Jackson HeightsBeautification Group for organizing the event.”

read more: http://www.qgazette.com/news/2013-10-23/Front_Page/Dromm_Joins_Jackson_Heights_Beautification_Group_F.html

Streetsblog: Dromm is Elected Official of the Year

Council Member Danny Dromm is our Elected Official of the Year. Note the matching purple accents in the Dromm/Eckerson attire.

Council Member Danny Dromm, stalwart proponent of play streetsplazas, and smarter surface transportation in Jackson Heights, received our award for Elected Official of the Year. And Community Board 16 Chair Bettie Kollock-Wallace accepted the Neighborhood Activism award for her indispensable advocacy, which brought Brownsville’s first bike lanes to fruition.

read more: http://www.streetsblog.org/2013/10/18/scenes-from-last-nights-streets-ball-and-a-big-thank-you/

DNAinfo: Diversity Plaza to Get More Seating and Improved Lighting

Councilman Dromm and the DOT will contribute a combined $2.5 million to improve the plaza. photo: Veronica C./Foursquare

By Katie Honan

JACKSON HEIGHTS — A local pedestrian plaza will be getting more seats, better lighting and maps — and the community will have the chance to vote on even more improvements — thanks to funding from the area’s councilman and the city.

City Councilman Daniel Dromm announced plans to allocate $500,000 from his discretionary funds to pay for improvements to Diversity Plaza, which is on 37th Road between 73rd and 74th streets in Jackson Heights.

The plaza will receive additional seating, improved lighting and community maps with directions to the plaza once it becomes permanent, he said.

“These improvements will go a long way to build out an asset that our community has come to adopt as a town square,” Dromm said.

In addition to the funds from Dromm’s office, the Department of Transportation has earmarked $2 million to make even more changes to the plaza — changes which residents will be able to discuss and vote on at a meeting later this fall.

The money could go towards things like an improved street structure and a public pay toilet, the councilman said.

“Diversity Plaza is a result of tremendous community effort, from the intensive transportation planning sessions that developed it, to the efforts of the local merchants and civic groups that are now sustaining it,” said Andy Wiley-Schwartz, an assistant commissioner at the DOT.

The street was closed and turned into a pedestrian plaza in 2011. It is currently in its temporary design phase, but the additional money will help transition it into a permanent space.



Ny1: Touring Daniel Dromm’s District

NY1 VIDEO: The Road to City Hall’s Errol Louis visited City Councilman Daniel Dromm’s 25th city council district in Queens.

Ny1: Local Leaders Dedicate New Public Park To Queens Boy Who Died Last Year

NY1 VIDEO: Several leaders gathered on Monday to dedicate a new public park in Jackson Heights to 12-year old Rory Staunton, a Queens boy who passed away last year from septic shock.


WCBS 880AM: Councilman, Activist Concerned About Overdevelopment In Flushing Park

From WCBS 880AM: By Peter Haskell

There are proposals to expand The U.S.T.A. National Tennis Center with two new stadiums, build a 25,000-seat professional soccer stadium, and build a mall – all in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park.

“The worst part is that they’re all being proposed in the same park within a stone’s throw of one another,” Donovan Finn of the Jackson Heights Green Alliance said.

If you go to the park on any weekend, you can see how important it is.

“This park is incredibly heavily used,” Finn said. “Families having barbecues with organized soccer leagues, with pickup volleyball games.”

“That park is like people’s playground, their backyard,” City Councilman Daniel Dromm told WCBS 880 reporter Peter Haskell.

With three separate developments on the drawing board for the park, there’s concern in surrounding neighborhoods.

Some space would be replaced with land swaps.

But Finn says it wouldn’t be the same.

“But to take a big piece of park land and replace it with ten smaller pieces in not prime locations, scattered about, I don’t this is as valuable,” he said.

Finn added that there would also be an increase in traffic.

He wants public consultation before any of the proposals go ahead.

NY Daily News: Jackson Heights set to get new park space and a new pedestrian plaza

From NY Daily News: By Clare Trapasso

Creating new open space in the borough’s more congested communities is no easy feat.

But in Jackson Heights, local leaders successfully lobbied the city to purchase a school yard for park land.

And an under-utilized street will soon be transformed into a permanent pedestrian plaza.

City Department of Transportation officials are to present a proposal for the plaza on Monday at a Community Board 3 transportation committee meeting.

“We’re opening up new space where it didn’t exist before,” said City Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights). “It’s a reclaiming of the land.”

This is the fifth summer that 78th St., between 34th Ave. and Northern Blvd., was closed to traffic and opened as a play street.

The city has approved turning the block into a pedestrian plaza. Details are being ironed out.

“It’s a great no-cost solution to the problem of not enough open space,” said Will Sweeney, one of the founders of the Jackson Heights Green Alliance, which advocated for turning the street into a permanent pedestrian plaza.

“There’s really nowhere else in the community for kids to ride their bikes or run around as on 78th St.,” he said.

The street runs between the existing Travers Park, which has a playground and basketball courts, and an open field at the Garden School that the city agreed to purchase for park land.

“Seventy-eighth Street will be a natural bridge between the existing park and the new park space,” said Alliance member Donovan Finn.

The Garden School yard will be open to the community when the private school is not in session. The property must first undergo an environmental review, which is expected to take six to eight months, Dromm said.

Arthur Gruen, president of the Garden School’s Board of Trustees, said he’s pleased by the sale.

“It allows us to continue to use the field when we need it,” he said. And “the community has it at times when they can benefit the most.”

Gruen is also a fan of the pedestrian plaza, he said, provided school children can still be picked up and dropped off safely.

The Garden School is still working out design details with the city, he said.

James Yolles, a spokesman for New Yorkers for Parks, a citywide advocacy group, said Jackson Heights was “really devoid of quality green space.”

But with the addition of the play street and the yard, “this is a really great example of local groups creating open space in an area that badly needed it,” he said.