Press Releases

Wednesday, July 03, 2019
No. 54


NYC Parks/Daniel Avila

NYC Parks Queens Borough Commissioner Michael Dockett joined Council Member Rafael L. Espinal Jr., and community members to cut the ribbon on four newly reconstructed basketball courts in Highland Park. This $995,000 project was funded by Council Member Rafael L. Espinal Jr., Council Member Robert Holden and Mayor Bill de Blasio.

“We’re happy to unveil these new courts to the community,” said Queens Parks Commissioner Dockett. “Basketball courts are great amenities for our parks and serve as a hub for active recreation. The newly transformed basketball courts at Highland Park will serve families and community members for decades to come.”

"Four years ago, I made a commitment to the children of this community that I will work to get them a state-of-the-art basketball court in Highland Park,” said Council Member Espinal. “Thanks to the help of NYC Parks, I am excited to share that we got it done. I look forward to continue the work in completing all other projects we have invested in, for all Brooklynites and for Highland Park."

This project reconstructed the basketball court of Highland Park, showcasing new asphalt and color coating and replaced fencing and curbs. The site also features new ADA compliant stairway rails, new pavement and striping, benches, bike racks and a drinking fountain.

Several projects are being executed throughout Highland Park totaling nearly $40 million in funding from the Mayor’s Office and Council Member Espinal. Projects include:

• The reconstruction of the lower playground area will add new play equipment and a seating area. This project will be completed late summer 2019.

• The reconstruction of the sidewalks of the Lower East Playground and its comfort station. This project is currently in procurement and construction is anticipated to begin Winter/Spring 2020.

• The reconstruction of the Ridgewood Reservoir Gatehouse is in Design and pending completion September 2019.

• The reconstruction of the overlook area near the stone bridge, steps, stone walls and an asphalt pathway. This project will add new benches and lighting and is pending completion October 2019.

Highland Park is located on a high plateau on the Brooklyn/Queens border and offers stunning views of the Rockaways, the Atlantic Ocean and Ridgewood Reservoir. The park is a popular spot among residents of both boroughs. The Ridgewood Reservoir served as a backup water supply for the Brooklyn and Queens until 1989. After its closure, a landscape of woods and wetlands developed between three basins. The pathway surrounding the basins is heavily used by the two boroughs residents for walking and exercise.

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