Last week, elected and parks officials broke ground on a project to create a new seating area and add a new flagpole to One Room Schoolhouse Park, located at Astoria Boulevard and 90th Street in East Elmhurst.
The $400,000 project was funded by Councilman Costa Constantinides more than four years ago.
“One Room Schoolhouse Park is a treasured, historic site in western Queens that for generations has served as a refuge from the stresses of our daily lives,” Constantinides said in a statement.
The schoolhouse was built on the site in 1879 and remained there until it was demolished to make room for a park in 1934, according to the Parks Department.
The school was last called PS 10, and was also known as the Bowery Bay School and the Frogtown School before that.
Frogtown was the name of the neighborhood located in a swampy area north of Astoria Boulevard. It was later filled in and redeveloped.
By 1910, however, the one-room schoolhouse was considered antiquated as public education expanded in urban areas.
The Parks Department eventually acquired the property from the Board of Education in 1934. The park was named One Room Schoolhouse Park in 1996.
“One Room SchoolHouse Park is a charming neighborhood jewel that offers a peaceful green oasis within Jackson Heights,” said Queens Parks Commissioner Michael Dockett. “The renovation of the seating area will make this park an even more attractive space for passive recreation in this community.