FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Saturday, October 23, 2021
NYC PARKS CELEBRATES NEW PLAYGROUND AND EXERCISE STATION IN GLEN OAKS OVAL
Construction completed five months ahead of schedule
Friday, October 22, 2021 -- NYC Parks Commissioner Gabrielle Fialkoff joined Queens Borough President Donovan Richards, Assembly Member David Weprin, Council Member Barry Grodenchik, and COmmunity Board 13 District Manager Mark McMillan to officially cut the ribbon on a $1.5 million renovation of Glen Oaks Oval playground and brand new adult fitness station.
“We are thrilled to celebrate the upgraded playground and brand new adult exercise station in Glen Oaks Oval, which was returned to the community five months ahead of schedule!” said NYC Parks Commissioner Gabrielle Fialkoff. “Thanks to $1.5 million allocated by the Borough President’s office, today this park has something for everyone -- from young children to active seniors -- to enjoy.”
"Our parks are the anchors of our neighborhoods, and the families of Glen Oaks deserve nothing less than a first-class playground to call their own," said Queens Borough President Donovan Richards, Jr. "From new children's equipment to an adult fitness area, there is something for residents of all ages at the Glen Oaks Oval. Thank you to all our partners for making this space possible and completing the project well ahead of schedule."
"The pandemic has shown us that outdoor recreational space is absolutely essential to the health and wellness of New Yorkers," said Council Member Barry S. Grodenchik. "I thank Queens Borough President Donovan J. Richards for allocating the funding for the project and both Parks Commissioner Gabrielle Fialkoff and Borough Commissioner Michael Dockett for getting the work done ahead of schedule."
Thanks to $1.5 million funded by the Borough President, Glen Oaks Oval’s existing playground has been completely upgraded with new play structures, and colored safety surfacing representing a pond, where the famed tortoise statues in the park will be located. Additionally, at the request of the community, the existing basketball court has been transformed into an adult fitness area with new equipment and painted agility games that patrons can utilize to complement their fitness routines.
Construction began in September 2020 and was completed in April 2021 -- five months ahead of schedule.
Glen Oaks Oval was previously named Tenney Park, to honor Jerry Tenney (1928-1977), a dedicated community leader who played a major role in the development of the surrounding Glen Oaks Village apartment complex. At the community’s request, the park’s name was changed in 2009. In addition to the playground and adult fitness area, this park also features two turf baseball fields.