The $2.3 million reconstruction project, which included a full makeover of the park and the sidewalk, was completed nine months ahead of schedule.
“From the colorful new play area to the dog run, and even extending to the perimeter sidewalk, every inch of Veterans Grove has been upgraded to better serve the needs of this growing community,” said Queens Parks Commissioner Dorothy Lewandowski.
“And below the park’s surface, we’ve installed important infrastructure to help aid in stormwater management, making this space both aesthetically pleasing and a working part of the community,” she added.
Parks officials added new steel play equipment, swings and fencing. They also installed a new spray shower area to be used during the summer.
The dog run was upgraded to include a new drinking fountain. Officials added bike racks to the park as well.
Underneath, officials installed underground chambers and pipes to capture rainwater and divert it from the city’s stormwater system.
The project was funded with $1.5 million from Councilman Daniel Dromm, $175,000 from Borough President Melinda Katz and an additional $550,000 from Mayor Bill de Blasio.
“Veterans Grove Playground is now a crown jewel of Elmhurst thanks to this multi-million dollar renovation,” Dromm said.
Construction began in June 2016 and was completed last March.
The playground was dedicated to the memory of soldiers in Elmhurst who died serving in World War I. It includes a plaque honoring veterans. The park first opened in 1928.
“Veterans Grove is a playground treasured by the growing families of Elmhurst,” Katz added, “and we’re delighted to re-open it today in time for the summer.”