Murray Playground in Long Island City to undergo $5.3 million makeover –

Gantry Plaza State Park and Hunters Point South Park get the most attention along Long Island City’s waterfront, but there are other public spaces in one of the nation’s fastest-growing neighborhoods that must keep pace with the explosive growth of the community. Murray Playground on 45th Highway will benefit from new improvements on the west side of the park after Councilman Julie Won secured $5.3 million in capital funding to rebuild the park’s synthetic turf sports field and renovate the dog enclosure .

Renovations will also include increased security lighting throughout the park, repairing broken tiles for the children’s sprinkler and maintenance such as daily cleaning of excess sand on the playground from the sandbox, regular gardening and a cleaning program throughout the park.

“Since my first day in the office, I’ve heard from parents about the capital investments needed to renovate Murray Playground, such as the sprinkler area that has broken tiles, worn turf that hasn’t been replaced in 15 years and areas that need more lighting at night,” Won said. “As a mom, I want to make sure our parks are clean, safe, and fun for our kids, so I’m happy to report that thanks At our advocacy, we secured $5.3 million from the city council for much-needed improvements to the park. We would like to thank President Adrienne Adams as well as NYC Parks Queens Commissioner Michael Dockett and his team for making this project possible.

The eastern portion of the park underwent a $1.275 million renovation in 2014, which included a new performance area, comfort station, and green spaces.

“Our city’s parks and playgrounds serve as public spaces that allow New Yorkers of all ages to exercise, be entertained and spend time with their neighbors,” said President Adrienne Adams. . “They have become even more valuable and important in light of the pandemic, and improving these spaces is essential for the health and well-being of New Yorkers. I am proud to have prioritized Murray Playground’s investments in the city’s budget, which will result in the reconstruction of its synthetic turf and the renovation of the dog enclosure.

Residents will have their say on the renovations at a community feedback meeting with NYC Parks scheduled for a later date.

“As a mother and longtime resident of Long Island City, I couldn’t be more excited for Julie to help us secure $5.3 million for much-needed upgrades to Murray Park,” Janelle said. Pacheco Winowich, parent of LIC. “My son and his friends play it every day and it’s such an important part of our neighborhood. We appreciate the prompt attention and dedication to making our community safe, clean and updated for everyone. The Friends of Murray Park looks forward to a continued partnership with Council Member Julie Won and our elected officials.

Harold B. McConnell