Residents to Outline Vision for Jackson Heights Parks

By Katie Honan on October 24, 2013 11:33am | Updated on October 25, 2013 5:56pm

 Residents can help decide how they'd like to reinvent Travers Park and the new park space surrounding. 
Residents can help decide how they'd like to reinvent Travers Park and the new park space surrounding. 
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JACKSON HEIGHTS — The first in a series of planning sessions for renovating parks in Jackson Heights, including a field named for a young man who fought for more public space and later died unexpectantly, will be held this weekend.

The "visioning session" for the 78th Street Play Street, Rory Staunton Field and Travers Park will be held on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at I.S 45 on 80th Street.

Councilman Daniel Dromm, who's pushed for more public park space in the neighborhood, will host the session with the Parks Department.

Rory Stauton Field will expand Travers Park and was named for a 12-year-old boy who fought to have the space kept public and later died of sepsis.

The park is adjacent to the Garden School, where Staunton was a student, and will be used by students when school is in session and will be open to the public on weekends and in the summer.

Residents will be able to discuss their ideas and what they'd like to see at the space during the sessions.

The first listening session will be held at I.S 45, 33-34 80th St., Jackson Heights. Residents who plan on attending are asked to RSVP with Yessika Giraldo, ygiraldo@council.nyc.gov or 718-803-6373 x 205.

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