New basketball courts at Highland Park now open
Jul 09, 2019 | 581 views | 0 0 comments | 93 93 recommendations | email to a friend | print
All photos courtesy of NYC Parks/Daniel Avila.
All photos courtesy of NYC Parks/Daniel Avila.
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Basketball is officially back at Highland Park.

Last Wednesday, the Parks Department joined Councilman Rafael Espinal and community members to cut the ribbon on four newly-reconstructed courts.

The $995,000 project was funded by Espinal, Councilman Robert Holden and Mayor Bill de Blasio.

“Basketball courts are great amenities to our parks and serve as a hub for active recreation,” said Queens Parks Commissioner Michael Dockett. “The newly transformed basketball courts at Highland Park will serve families and community members for decades to come.”

The new courts feature new asphalt and color coating, as well as replaced fencing and curbs. They have new ADA-compliant stairway rails, new pavement, benches, bike racks and a drinking fountain.

Several projects are underway at Highland Park, which is located on a plateau on the border of Brooklyn and Queens.

The reconstruction of the lower playground area, which will add new play equipment and a seating area, is expected to be complete later this summer.

The Parks Department is also reconstructing the sidewalks of the Lower East Playground and the comfort station. That project is in the procurement phase, with shovels in the ground by spring of 2020.

The Ridgewood Reservoir Gatehouse reconstruction is in the design phase, with completion scheduled for September 2019.

Finally, the reconstruction of the overlook area near the stone bridge, which will add new benches and lighting, is expected to be complete by October 2019.

“I look forward to continue the work in completing all other projects we have invested in,” Espinal said in a statement, “for all Brooklynites and for Highland Park.”

(Benjamin Fang)
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