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Volume XXIII, Number 4779
Thursday, Aug 28, 2008

New Fields Opened At Montbellier Park

On August 21, members of the Montbellier family joined Assistant Commissioner Ed Lewis, Community Board 12 District Manager Yvonne Reddick, and local little leagues and soccer organizations to ‘kick off’ the opening of new turf fields at Montbellier Park in Queens.

Thanks to $2.6 million in funding from Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Council Member Sanders, Montbellier Park now features all-weather turf fields for soccer and baseball along with drinking fountains, new trees and a chain-link fence.

This park honors Albert Montbellier (1899-1963). Born in Manhattan, Montbellier was a dedicated civic worker devoted to his Queens neighborhood for more than 35 years. He was a leader in the fight against air pollution and aviation noise and served on the Borough President’s Committee on Aviation Problems.

The Montbellier family now goes by the last name of Vaskas and were represented by his daughter Florence, grandson Joseph (and his wife Janet), granddaughter Amanda, great granddaughters Christine and Ashley, and great grandson Joseph.

The improvements were designed by Lee Ann Beauchamp. The resident engineer was Missael Jean-Louis and the contractor was William A. Gross Construction Association.


In Monday’s Daily Plant article on the opening of Phase IV of Riverside Park South, it should have said that the locomotive on-site is an early diesel model, not a steam locomotive.


“The world is governed more by appearances than realities, so that it is fully as necessary to seem to know something as to know it.”

Daniel Webster
(1782 - 1852)

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