Following persistent support from P.S. 133, State Senator Tony Avella said the once-abandoned space behind the school on 86th Avenue would soon be accessible to students, parents and residents on a daily basis.
“I recently found out from the school and the local civic association that this space has been shut off from the public for the past 10 years,” said Avella, who allocated the funding. “It is such a waste of this serene piece of property.”
P.S. 133 principal Marianne Sheridan said there are many ways her school will benefit from the new garden.
“For the children, not only at recess but during the day, this garden will create a wonderful atmosphere for reading, which is so very important,” she said. “I look forward to standing inside the newly transformed garden in the very near future.”
Sheridan also thanked community member Roseanne Reinhardt for her work with the Queens Colony Civic Association to revive the project after it failed to receive the necessary votes as part of Councilman Mark Weprin’s participatory budgeting.
“This reading garden project is something that we have been fighting to get for quite a while by obtaining the support of the community and the students,” said PTA president Oscar Gomez. “As part of the PTA, we always try to get our kids involved in their community and this was a great project outside of schoolwork to take on in terms of advocating for this much-needed transformation.