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PARKS & RECREATION CUTS RIBBON ON STRACK POND IN FOREST PARK
Tuesday, May 18, 2004
No. 45

PARKS & RECREATION CUTS RIBBON ON STRACK POND IN FOREST PARK

DATE: Thursday, May 20th, 2004

TIME: 11:00 a.m.

LOCATION: PFC Laurence Strack Memorial Pond, Forest Park (Forest Park Drive off of Woodhaven Boulevard) Queens

EVENT & PHOTO-OP: Parks & Recreation Commissioner Adrian Benepe joins Secretary of State for New York State Randy Daniels, Parks & Recreation Queens Borough Commissioner Richard Murphy, representatives from the Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 32, and family members of Laurence Strack to cut the ribbon for the $550,000 restoration of PFC Laurence Strack Memorial Pond.

DETAILS:

Parks & Recreation's Natural Resources Group (NRG) has restored wetlands in Forest Park, transforming two soggy ballfields back into a pristine kettle pond, or natural bowl-shaped depression. NRG has added three acres of freshwater wetland habitat, stabilized the landscape around the pond and restored the slope of the water's edge. They have also planted native species to create a healthy ecosystem. Visitors can enjoy the pond's new trail and viewing areas. Birders will see butterflies and dragonflies as well as Red Tail Hawks, Great Blue Herons, and Great Egrets. The New York State Clean Water/Clean Air Bond Act and the Mayor allocated the $550,000 to restore the pond.

In 1966, two ballfields were constructed at this site at the bottom of a glacial kettle. Over the years, the ground settled, and runoff from the surrounding slopes flooded the fields, making them unusable.

On February 11, 1969, this site was named in honor of Private First Class Laurence George E. Strack (1948-1967), the first Woodhaven resident to die serving in the Vietnam War.

CONTACT: Megan Sheekey/Jocelyn Aframe (212) 360-1311

Related Press Release:
PARKS & RECREATION CELEBRATES RESTORATION OF STRACK POND

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