'Shady Park' Gets $10K Grant to Replace Trees Downed by Hurricane Sandy
HUNTERS POINT — Andrews Grove is seeing green.
The playground on 49th Avenue off Vernon Blvd — known to locals as "Shady Park" for the tall trees that used to cast their shadows there — is getting a $10,000 grant to repair damage from Hurricane Sandy.
The money will be used to plant new trees to replace the ones knocked down by the storm, according to City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer's office, which secured the private funding from JetBlue and Warner Bros.
Hurricane Sandy uprooted half a dozen trees at the beloved park, a popular gathering place for young neighborhood families, and damaged portions of its play equipment, pavement and fencing. The park reopened in December following the storm, though a damaged section remains closed for repairs.
A group of neighbors, Friends of Shady Park, formed to advocates for the park's restoration, and are working to get the rest of the park opened in time for summer, according to its Facebook page.
"We can’t wait to help replant the first tree," group rep Sheila Lewandowski said in a statement.