Last Thursday, the Parks Department joined Borough President Melinda Katz, Councilman Costa Constantinides, and members of Community Board 1 and the Astoria Houses Residents Association to break ground on the reconstruction.
The playground will be “completely reimagined,” Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver said, with new play equipment and safety surfacing, water spray features, planting beds, fencing and pavements.
The project will also add entry and seating areas at both the sidewalk level, as well as the waterfront promenade. A new ADA ramp will be built from the sidewalk into the playground.
The agency expects the rebuild to be completed by winter 2020.
“The project is a remarkable investment in this waterfront neighborhood resource,” Silver said in a statement.
The playground makeover is just one of several improvements underway in Hallets Cove Park. The multipurpose sports field will be reconstructed with new adult fitness equipment, asphalt pavement, color seal coating, benches and plantings.
That project is in the procurement phase.
Another initiative to reconstruct and repair segments of the concrete seawall is also in procurement, parks officials said.
“The reimagined Hallets Cove Playground, with its breathtaking waterfront views, will be a valuable public space for decades to come,” Katz said in a statement, “and help make Hallets Cove a great place to live and raise a family.”
“Renovations will reflect the needs of a community long overdue for new, constructive park space,” Constantinides added.