NEW YORK—Queensbridge Park is set for major reconstruction, the borough of Queens councilman, Jimmy Van Bramer announced at a press event Monday morning.
“I hated that this park was abandoned,” Van Bramer said. He is going to allocate $6 million to rebuild the park from the ground up.
Van Bramer said all the buildings in the park will be demolished before construction begins. The new park will have an esplanade, a fishing pier, a park house, and athletic amenities for baseball players in the community. The construction of a new seawall under the Queensboro Bridge was already in progress during the press event.
Friends of Queensbridge Park founder Elizabeth McQueen who has been living in the community for over 50 years said she felt fantastic when she heard the news. She has been pushing for the park to get fixed since 1999.
“We needed to get someone to pitch in with some money,” McQueen said and thanked Van Bramer for taking the initiative.
“This is a form of societal justice,” Van Bramer said about rebuilding the park, emphasizing that it could even rival Central Park in how well it will be cared for and in it’s beauty. “It’s a jewel of this city,” he said.
The Queensbridge Park is scheduled to open next year.