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Parks Dept. Releases Preliminary Redesign Plans of Sohncke Square

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July 6, 2020 By Christian Murray

The Parks Dept has released preliminary design plans for the long-awaited revamp of Woodside’s Sohncke Square.

The tiny park — which borders Roosevelt and Woodside Avenues along 58th street — is about to undergo a $2.25 million renovation.

The upgrade will include new seating, the installation of a drinking fountain, a bike rack, tables, additional plantings, and security lighting, according to the Parks Dept.

The redesign is expected to be finalized by the fall, with construction starting midway through next year. The revamp is likely to be completed in 2022.

The square, which most say is run down, has not had any meaningful upgrades in decades.

The funds to cover the revamp come from a $750,000 allocation from the borough president’s office; $750,000 from Council Member Van Bramer’s office and $750,000 from the city council. These funds were allocated as part of the 2019-2020 budget.

Van Bramer said last year that residents had been reaching out to his office asking for renovations.

“This is a central and visible part of Woodside,” he also noted. “I want to see it beautified, where it will enhance the quality of life.”

The park is named after Sergeant Carl R. Sohncke, a Queens native who was killed in action during World War I. Sohncke enlisted in the United States Army in 1915, and was killed in France.

Existing Conditions at Sohncke Square

Redesign plan of Sohncke Square (Parks Dept.)


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Frances Kraemer

Wonderful….always good to hear about a park renovation…..only trouble is….WHEN will it actually happen? We’re still waiting for the renovation/upgrade to Doughboy Park that has had money allocated and PROMISES MADE FOR YEARS…even the dog run, started years ago, was never completed…wire fencing still up!! By the way, all the THOUSANDS of dollars that are “allocated” for any project….exactly WHERE does that money go when the project never materializes???? JUST CURIOUS.

Frances Kraemer

This it where it goes frances

It goes into envelopes which are then placed inside pockets

Go away

Do away with the park completely. It’s only a waste of money and space. The train is annoying. It’s filthy . Get rid of it

Annemarie K.

Love the new design . Looking forward to the change . Many times at night while waiting for bus its very dark . 👍
Hope it kept clean. Lately so much garbage has been piled around .


re-designing the intersections that surround this park would be more useful and beneficial for the neighborhood.


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