City and pols address Juniper Valley bocce court renovations
by Andrew Shilling
Jul 30, 2014 | 2341 views | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Elected officials and bocce players cut the ribbon on the new courts at Juniper Valley Park
Elected officials and bocce players cut the ribbon on the new courts at Juniper Valley Park
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Queens Parks Commissioner Dorothy Lewandowski at the ribbon cutting.
Queens Parks Commissioner Dorothy Lewandowski at the ribbon cutting.
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Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley at Juniper Valley Park last week.
Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley at Juniper Valley Park last week.
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Following numerous complaints from Juniper Valley Park bocce players about their renovated courts, city representatives addressed some of their concerns at an official ribbon-cutting ceremony last week.

Queens Parks Commissioner Dorothy Lewandowski addressed the conditions following the one-year, $850,000 renovation project at the courts, located near the corner of 79th Street and Juniper Boulevard North.

Regarding the new shade cover and playing surface, she assured that the Parks Department would look into the impact of rainwater and erosion on the integrity of the courts.

“We’re going to take a look at it tomorrow to see what the impact is just under the shade structure compared to anywhere else in the center where the raindrops would land anyway,” she said.

After meeting with a representative of the bocce players at Juniper Valley Park, Lewandowski said she is also looking into a fix for the high step, which is a safety issue for some senior players, on the new court, as well as the uneven clay along the side running boards.

“We have a team from our capital group looking at it with them now,” she said, noting however that at “bocce courts across the city, the players often do the maintenance.”

The park has seen nearly $3 million in renovations since 2010, including a recent renovation of the handball courts and the construction of a wetland-themed playground.

“This represents the third big investment,” Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley said.

The councilwoman added that she is also looking forward to a planned $2.5 million renovation of the park’s track facility.

“This is just the latest in an ongoing commitment to revitalize recreational facilities at Juniper Valley and parks throughout our Council district,” Crowley said. “I’m thrilled these courts have opened just in time for summer for New Yorkers of all ages to enjoy.”

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