Elected officials announced on Monday afternoon that a combined $6 million will go toward the renovation of Ravenswood Playground. Later this year, Parks Department officials will host a visioning session with the community to gather ideas for an initial design.
According to Parks officials, the playground on 35th Avenue hasn’t had an upgrade in more than two decades.
“This is meant to be a ground-up operation so that the people who actually utilize the park, who have a first-hand view of what is going on here, are part of what we end up doing at this park,” said Borough President Melinda Katz, whose office allocated funding for the project. “We’ve found that it creates the best use of the property.”
The borough president said the Department of Sanitation is also phasing out the current facility next to the park, which creates fumes for park users.
“We’re hoping that it will be a much better view on all sides,” she said.
Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, whose office pitched in $4 million, said he’s also excited the mayor put in $130 million to relocate the facility.
“It could not come fast enough for the people of Ravenswood who have endured these challenges,” he said, “including all of the garbage trucks that are parked on the street.”
Van Bramer said he believes the $6 million is “deserved and overdue.” He said he would love to see a completely rebuilt spray shower, new play equipment and ball fields.
“A great community deserves a park as great as its people,” he said. “The people of Ravenswood deserve this park to be in tip-top shape, renovated and incredibly beautiful.”
Carol Wilkins, president of the Ravenswood Tenant Association, said a track and field is on her wish list. She wants a place where seniors, youth and all residents can run and exercise.
She would also like to see a softball or soccer field, so all sports can be represented at Ravenswood Playground.
As for the Sanitation Department facility, Wilkins is also eager for it to be gone.
“I can’t wait to see it go,” she said.