Project of the Month October '01
Grover Cleveland Park
ALEKSANDRA SZEFKE, TRISH CLARK: Landscape Architects
OLIVER CORWIN: Graphic Design
SUSAN COKER: Specs & Estimating
REZA MASHAYEKHI, PETER WOLPENSINGER: Engineering
MARISA MORIEL: Architecture Project Manager
RICHARD ROBBINS: Architect
GOODKIND & O'DEA: Engineering
CAROL QU: Rendering
Funding: Claire Shulman, the Mayor, and Councilmember Ognibene. This project is funded by Queens Borough President The total budget for both contracts is $2,755,000.
Location: The park is located at Grandview Avenue, Fairview Avenue and Stanhope Street in Ridgewood, Queens. It is within Council District #30 and Community Board #5.
Estimated Construction Start: Winter, 2001.
Site History: The City of New York acquired the land between Grandview Avenue to Fairview Avenue and Stanhope Street, by condemnation for public park. The park was vested in the City of New York on July 1, 1924. The park was originally designated Anawanda Park in 1924. In 1938 the park was re-named Grover Cleveland Park by Local Law 73 after our twenty-second and twenty-fourth President.
Coming soon to Queens is the major rehab of Grover Cleveland Park. A $2.7 million rehab is slatted to start in mid winter. This includes the reconstruction of the playground, basketball area, decorative perimeter fencing, and the construction of a new comfort station to replace an existing one.
Grover Cleveland Park was named after our 22nd and 24th President in 1938. President Cleveland was mayor of Buffalo, New York before becoming Governor and then finally President. In light of this Buffalo connection we have created a unique theme for the playground around Buffalo and Niagara Falls which is nearby.
One of the main elements is the spray shower which echoes the experience of being in Niagara Falls. Based upon this design feature is the thought of what does one use to view Niagara Falls. Therefore there is an airplane which is a bench/playfeature, a hot air balloon which is a part of the play equipment, and a boat based off of the Misty which many people take to view the falls from their base along the Niagara River. The fencing surrounding the playground also has incorporated into it panels with representations of Niagara falls. There is also a unique north arrow which surrounds the base of the flagpole. On it are listed 4 cities to the north, south, east, and west of the site and their distances away.
To the north of course is Buffalo which is 292 Miles away, to the south is Santo Domingo which is 1,552 miles away, to the east is Warsaw, Poland which is 4,261 miles away, and to the west is Tokyo, Japan, which is 6,735 miles away. Finally there is also a piece of buffalo animal art to directly represent the city President Cleveland was Mayor of.
This project will also provide a new comfort station to the community which will be located to the south of the playground. The symmetry and materials used in the design of the comfort station provide a classic composition, at the center of which is a granite-arch breezeway. The center roof projects beyond the height of the adjacent roofs, creating an interesting roofline. Granite columns flank the arch. The exterior brick walls have ornamental relieves and glass block panels that run the length of the walls between columns. The building base, columns, sills and arch are granite. The roofing material is slate. The breezeway floor is bluestone and will continue into the Park design. One wing of the building houses the multi-purpose room the other wing houses the bathroom facilities. The mechanical room is located in the basement directly below the bathrooms. A similar comfort station to this in materials is also being installed in Van Cortlandt Park.