FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
New Volleyball Courts Open In Flushing Meadows Corona Park
Queens Parks Commissioner Dorothy Lewandowski today joined Borough President Helen Marshall, members of Community Board 7 and the Flushing Meadows Corona Park Conservancy, and local volleyball players to celebrate the creation of five new volleyball courts in Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
“Flushing Meadows is already home to athletic fields, playgrounds, the City’s largest lake, a nature preserve, an ice skating and aquatic complex, and world-class sporting and cultural institutions. As the largest park in our most diverse borough, it is only fitting that Flushing Meadows Corona Park now offers space for volleyball players to dig, set and spike,” said NYC Parks Commissioner Veronica M. White. “I would like to thank Borough President Marshall, a great friend of our city’s parks, for allocating the funding that made this project possible.”
“It was a privilege for me to provide $450,000 from my capital discretionary funds for the construction of these volleyball courts, which will add additional recreational opportunities in the park, said Borough President Marshall. “I am also happy to learn that soccer Fields 2 and 5, also funded from my capital budget funds, will be prepared to be open and used through the permit process.”
The courts, constructed from concrete, are the first formalized volleyball space on the park’s eastern side. The project, which also includes new benches, lawns, and permeable paving stones, was funded with a $450,000 allocation by Borough President Marshall.
Since 2002, nearly $89 million in capital improvements have been made to Flushing Meadows Corona Park, including 69 different projects. Recent projects completed include a wetlands restoration, a new dock, renovated boathouse, rain gardens and walking paths.