LONG ISLAND CITY — Queensbridge Park is going green — the waterfront space in Long Island City has been allotted $2.5 million for the complete renovation of its park house, a building that’s been out of use for decades, city officials announced Tuesday.
The Parks Department will hold public scoping meetings to see what park users would like to see in the greenspace, which could include amenities like a modern comfort station, storage facilities for athletic teams and offices for the park’s staff.
City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer secured the funding for the renovation, which he says is part of a larger effort to improve and “reawaken” Queensbridge Park.
“It is extremely important that every single senior and child who lives in Queensbridge know that our City has allocated every single cent we could to make sure that Western Queens has a park that rivals Central Park in Manhattan or any other park in the City of New York,” the councilman said in a statement.
“Queensbridge Park is a jewel within Western Queens."
Work has already begun on another major improvement at the park — the restoration of its dilapidated seawall, a $6.65 million project that started in May after being delayed for nearly a decade for lack of funding.
The repairs will rebuild the rock wall that runs along the park’s shoreline — which has been fenced off to park-goers for the last several years — as well as create a new 6-foot-wide waterfront promenade and a small wharf at the park's north end, officials said.
The seawall renovations are slated for completion next year.