Legacy Park at the Pomonok Houses in Flushing was officially reopened on Wednesday, September 14, after a $3 million renovation.
Queens Borough President Donovan Richards joined city officials and community leaders to cut the ribbon and welcome visitors to the park, which became the first of three NYCHA developments in Queens to renovate open spaces under a new pilot program announced by the Adams administration. The initiative will also make improvements to public spaces at Sotomayor and Watson homes in the Bronx and Kingsborough homes in Brooklyn.
The initiative pays for improved recreational space at six NYCHA developments, including Pomonok, Woodside and Redfern in #Queens. This will help us address the long-standing inequities in access to parks that many of our communities have experienced. pic.twitter.com/WKA5E8Get6
— Queens Borough President Donovan Richards (@QnsBPRichards) September 15, 2022
“This will help reduce inequalities and pave the way for more rewarding recreational experiences for all,” Richards said. “This is a major step forward for the Pomonok Homes and other NYCHA developments that are part of this initiative, and represents a significant effort by Mayor Adams and his administration to overcome historic underinvestment. that contributes to inequality in our city.”
Legacy Field now features new fitness and gaming equipment, seating and landscaping.
“I’m thrilled for the residents of Pomonok Homes, who I’m sure will greatly appreciate this $3 million investment,” said Councilman James Gennaro. “Over the past two years, COVID-19 has made it difficult for New Yorkers to focus on fitness and community interactions, so I’m thrilled that these projects across the city are focusing on that.”
A $9.3 million renovation project is currently underway at the Redfern Houses in Far Rockaway, which will rebuild the playing field and upgrade the ball diamond, basketball court and handball court. The project will include new fitness equipment for teens and adults and will include a new grilling area.
“At a time when our young people are spending too much time in front of the television, on their phones or playing video games, it is extremely important to have open outdoor spaces for play and recreation,” said the senator of State James Sanders. “I’m glad the city is bringing such amenities to the Redfern Houses, which are in my district, and other locations around the city. Hopefully this will improve the health and well-being of our residents and reduce crime rates by providing our young people with a productive way to spend their time, one that will hopefully increase their appreciation of their community, help them learn a new sport and make new friends with their neighbours.
A $1.2 million renovation is also underway at the Woodside Houses that will improve a passive seating area and landscaped area with new game tables, benches, landscaping and pathways.
“NYCHA and NYC Parks’ new project will provide more New Yorkers with access to parks through their Walk to the Park Initiative,” said Councilman Shekar Krishnan, Chair of the Parks and Recreation Committee. Access to parks and playgrounds is directly linked to access to housing, a fundamental right that affects all the rest of our lives.It is a crucial step in the past to improve social housing and expand green spaces for our most vulnerable communities.”