Feb. 17, 2020 By Michael Dorgan
Construction has begun on a $3.2 million revamp to a Woodside park that will feature a new basketball court, children’s play areas and other amenities.
Renovations on Hart Playground, located at 65th and 37th Ave., got underway last month and are slated to be done by January 2021.
The playground is being completely overhauled and the park divided into two main sections.
There will be a recreation area for adults on the eastern portion of the park, while a children’s play area on the western side.
The two areas will be divided by an asphalt block pavement and two plant areas running north south.
The clear division between the children’s area from the rest of the park comes after parents have complained about adults– particularly the homeless and day laborers–wandering through the playground.
The children’s area will be on the western side of the park. In the north west section, there will be a spray shower and play area with new equipment for 5-12 year olds. On the south west portion there will be eight-foot high swings and a play area for 2-5 year olds.
On the eastern side of the park, the existing basketball court at the south-east corner will be reconstructed. There will be an additional half basketball court running alongside the court.
On the north east corner there will be a new volleyball/badminton court.
Surrounding sidewalks will also be reconstructed and a new entrance on 65th Street will feature stairs and an American Disability Act (ADA) accessible ramp to improve site access and circulation.
Construction has been delayed, with work originally expected to begin about 18 months ago. However, the Parks Dept. has had problems finding a contractor.
Funding for the renovation came from a collaboration between Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer, whose office allocated $1.8 million of city tax funds, and former Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, with $1.38 million.
The park is named after Brigadier General Joseph T. Hart, who served in World War II and also worked at the Queens Borough President’s office.