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Ribbon Cutting For New Basketball And Handball Courts At Noonan Playground Set For Tomorrow

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July 11, 2016 Staff Report

An official ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating the revamp of the basketball and handball courts at Thomas P. Noonan Playground is set to take place tomorrow.

The playground, located at 47th Avenue and 42nd Street, received $200,000 for the upgrades from Mayor Bill de Blasio. The existing basketball and handball courts were reconstructed and new asphalt and benches were also installed. Construction started in November 2015 and was finished in February, according to a parks spokeswoman.

Queens Parks Commissioner Dorothy Lewandowski, Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer and kids from I.S. 125 will gather at the park tomorrow at 11 a.m. to celebrate the playground revamp.

The upgrades complement a $2 million renovation that was completed at the playground in April 2015. That renovation brought new play equipment, additional swings, a toddler area and a new spray shower, as well as a granite memorial to Vietnam veteran Lance Corporal Thomas P. Noonan Jr.

The playground also includes a plaque honoring four other veterans from the neighborhood.

“Noonan Playground is a hub of our community,” Van Bramer said. “With these modern courts, separate play areas for toddlers and older children, and of course the famous Rainbow Sprinkler, children and families in Sunnyside and Woodside will continue to have a wonderful place to play for years to come.”

While the ribbon cutting will take place tomorrow, the public has had access to the courts since construction was completed, according to the Parks spokeswoman.

The courts remained open during the first phase of renovations, according to Van Bramer’s office.

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This park has been dominated and controlled by immigrants and American kids and their parents generally get harassed by the immigrants there. It’s sad that the park is dedicated to an American Vietnam War Hero and Veteran because no Americans who would respect this brave man’s sacrifice can enjoy this park. Read the mommy blogs if you want more info about how horrible the rainbow park. And yes there needs to be some sort of security there.


I call bullshit. Go sit there and talk to some of those people. They’re normal people just like you.


young people rolling joints at noon while there are young children in the park is not conducive to a good environment for the community.

Sir Foo

As usual the old farts AKA the “We want to make America White again” crowd are Whining away. BOO HOO!!!!


What a dumb response by Sir Foo. You must be a newbie to the neighborhood. This isn’t about white, but I love how some of you like to make it out that way. It is about NOT having drunk people, drug dealers and people buying drugs hanging out in the park. My cousin lives across the street from the park and she can see illegal activity quite often from her window. Either wake up or GTFOH!


Life ain’t no picture postcard Baconator. Everybody, even drunk illegal people have a right to exist on this earth. Grow up, do something to help instead of complaining.


If you turn the camera about 90 degrees to the left you can get a pic of 15 drunk illegals that completely ruin this park experience by urinating, drinking, sleeping, stumbling, vomiting, sorting metal dryer parts to sell, laughing like hyenas, fighting, recycling bottles at ctown just so they can buy more alcohol at ctown so they can come back for more hours of the same.
thanks jimmy


Laughing like hyenas, especially there are two of those who walk around sunnyside, peeing at every corner they can. How are they allowed to smoke in the park? Why don’t we have a park attendant at this extremely busy and very populated (with violators) park.


the basketball courts have been open for about 2 or 3 months (?). in that short amount of time, the animals have already torn off the nets on all of the hoops. This is why we can’t have nice things…..


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