Nov. 19, 2019 By Kristen Torres
Woodside’s Sohncke Square is getting a long awaited face-lift.
The tiny park — which borders Roosevelt and Woodside Avenues along 58th street — will be receiving a $2.25 million renovation.
The space, which is less than 1/20th of an acre, features a planting area, benches and trees. The park is currently covered by cobblestones and is located next to the elevated 7 line.
It 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.
The New York City Department of Parks & Recreation will be spearheading the project.
The reconstruction will focus on the seating areas, flagpole and planting locations throughout the park, according to a spokeswoman for the agency.
Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer, joined by the Parks Dept., will be holding a scoping meeting on Thursday to hear what constituents would like to be added or upgraded.
“Residents have reached out and asked for renovations to the heavily trafficked, public open space,” Van Bramer said in a statement. “That would hopefully include more thoughtfully designed benches and seating areas.”
The scoping meeting will be held at the Queens library in Woodside, located at 54-22 Skillman Ave., on Nov. 21 at 6 p.m.
“I look forward to hearing from neighbors and constituents about what they’d like to see in the open space,” Van Bramer said.