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

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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 Chronicle: Plazas may be more useful than you think

Community leaders reflect on the benefit of having open spaces

by Tess McRae, Associate Editor | 0 comments

They’ve been popping up all over and elected officials, community leaders and residents are hoping the trend of pedestrian plazas will continue.

Since 2008, dozens of plazas have been installed or renovated in New York City and Queens has gotten a good deal of them.

“Originally, when we were working on Diversity Plaza, there was some push back from the nearby businesses,” Councilman Danny Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) said. “Now, since we’ve had presidential debates, community board meetings and a tree lighting ceremony down there, the businesses are starting to appreciate the increase of people in the area.”

In urban areas like Jackson Heights, Jamaica and Corona, plazas are less green spaces than they are town squares where people can sit and enjoy a coffee with friends and family.

“Even when I go to Diversity Plaza late at night I see all of the different ethnic groups sitting down and talking with each other,” Dromm said. “It brings people together and lets them share the day’s news.”

Many plazas, including Diversity, are placed in intersections where a high number of serious car accidents have occurred.

“It was one of the most dangerous corners in the area and we wanted to bring the crash rate down to zero,” Dromm said. “When we built the plaza, we had zero crashes.”

read more: http://www.qchron.com/editions/western/plazas-may-be-more-useful-than-you-think/article_ac5b1f11-33a8-52ab-b94a-6f2ea1bbc912.html

StreetsBlog: Ped Plazas in Low-Income Neighborhoods Get $800,000 Boost From Chase

Under cloudy skies this morning at Corona Plaza, elected officials and community members gathered to announce an $800,000 contribution from the JPMorgan Chase Foundation to help fund the upkeep of pedestrian plazas in low-income communities. The funds are going to the Neighborhood Plaza Partnership (NPP), a program of the Horticultural Society of New York that works with merchant associations and non-profits to maintain plazas in neighborhoods including Corona, Jackson Heights, East New York, and Ridgewood.

Noting that JPMorgan Chase chairman Jamie Dimon grew up in Jackson Heights, Dromm said creating plaza space in all of the city’s neighborhoods is a social justice and economic justice issue. “Our communities deserve to have plazas just as much as the communities where there are large corporate sponsors,” he said. Dromm’s staff is already working with merchants around Diversity Plaza to raise money. ”We need to add to the $800,000 for each of the plazas,” he said. “We want people to literally get to buy in to this program.”

Read more: http://www.streetsblog.org/2013/11/26/800000-from-chase-to-help-maintain-up-to-20-plazas-over-two-years/

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

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.

http://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20131014/jackson-heights/diversity-plaza-get-more-seating-improved-lighting

 

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.

http://www.ny1.com/content/pages/189409/local-leaders-dedicate-new-public-park-to-queens-boy-who-died-last-year

NY1: Jackson Heights Street Renaming After Local Activist

NY1 VIDEO: The corner of 73rd Street and 34th Avenue in Jackson Heights has been renamed after Mary Sarro, a community board district manager for almost 20 years who fought for new schools, community gardens and for the gay pride parade in Jackson Heights. – See more at: http://queens.ny1.com/content/news/18…

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.