Last Tuesday, city and elected officials cut the ribbon on the renovated Louis C. Moser Playground at 76th Street and 25th Avenue.
The $1.87 million project, with funding allocated by the de Blasio administration and the City Council, adds two new sets of play equipment and swings for kids ages two to five and five to 12.
The upgrade includes a spray shower, adult fitness equipment, game tables, picnic tables and drinking fountains. The park’s drainage system was also remade, and new pavement was put in to eliminate tripping hazards.
Construction began last September and took one year to complete.
“Louis C. Moser’s legacy lives on with this beautifully redone park,” said Councilman Costa Constantinides, who allocated funding in his first term. “Jackson Heights families will be able to enjoy its new amenities in a beautiful setting.”
Moser, a local activist, founded the North Queens Home Owners’ Civic Association in 1941 with just ten families. The group, according to the Parks Department, preserved the residential character of the area by preventing overdevelopment and protecting homeowners.
When Moser passed away in 1983, more than 700 families were members of the homeowners civic association. His daughters, Lorraine Newman Moser and Merle Payne, joined the park renovation unveiling last week.
The park was previously named for Bulova, the watch company that gifted the site to the city in 1953. The Parks Department changed the name to honor Moser last October.
Jerry Eng, current president of the North Queens Homeowners Civic Association, said the park represents what “inspired individuals who are united together” can accomplish in a community.
“The park will be a catalyst and an inspiration to our organization,” Eng said, “as we continue the work of our founder Louis C. Moser to improve the quality of life in our community.”