Shady Park in Long Island City reopens
by Andrew Pavia
Sep 10, 2013 | 1594 views | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Elected officials and community members cut the ribbon.
Elected officials and community members cut the ribbon.
Elected officials help residents plant.
Elected officials help residents plant.
Andrews Grove Playground in Long Island City reopened last week, after it was forced to close in the wake of $90,000 in damage done by Hurricane Sandy.

Repair work began in June, and included new playground equipment and benches.

The park was also home to a number of large trees that inspired the local nickname “Shady Park.” Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer worked to secure $10,000 in private funding from JetBlue and Warner Brothers to replant eight trees.

“This park is beloved by so many people, so many moms and dads,” said Van Bramer. “Everyone loves Shady Park, and when the trees came down a little part of our soul came down with it.”

However, some feel there is still more work to be done.

“We need to continue to fight for our parks,” said Sheila Lewandowski, founder of Friends of Shady Park. “Within an hour after the construction equipment was cleared, the swings were filled with smiling children.

“Next, we replant,” she added.

Elizabeth Kamp has lived in the neighborhood for 13 years. She said the park was a great place for small kids because it wasn't too exposed to the sun.

“It was a great park to go to because it was shaded by these big beautiful trees,” she said. “It’s really a great thing to see these families come back together. In fact, yesterday one of my friends said she could just shed a tear because of all the memories that are here.”

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