FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, September 24, 2019
NYC PARKS BREAKS GROUND ON THE ONE ROOM SCHOOLHOUSE PARK SEATING AREA RECONSTRUCTION PROJECT
NYC Parks Queens Borough Commissioner Michael Dockett today joined New York City Council Member Costa Constantinides, Community Board 3 District Manager Giovanna A. Reid, and members of the community to break ground on the reconstruction of the seating area in One Room Schoolhouse Park.
“One Room Schoolhouse Park is a charming neighborhood jewel that offers a peaceful green oasis within Jackson Heights,” said Queens Parks Commissioner Dockett. “The renovation of the seating area will make this park an even more attractive and patriotic space for passive recreation in this community.”
“One Room Schoolhouse Park is a treasured, historic site in western Queens that for generations has served as a refuge from the stresses of our daily lives,” said Council Member Costa Constantinides. “I was proud to secure the funds for this renovation, so that countless more may visit and enjoy this vital community asset.”
The project will reconstruct the park’s seating area and provide a new flagpole at One Room Schoolhouse. Renovations to the seating area were made possible by a $400,000 allocation from the City Council. The project is expected to be complete this winter.
Queens’ last one-room schoolhouse occupied this site from the time of its construction in 1879 until its demolition to make room for a public park in 1934. The park was named under a local law introduced by Council Members John D. Sabini and Helen M. Marshall, approved by the City Council, and signed into law by Mayor Rudolph W. Guiliani in 1996.