Last week, Councilman Paul Vallone announced that Francis Lewis Park will receive a $2 million renovation, including pathway repavings, an improved entrance to the park on 3rd Avenue and a Veterans Memorial.
The park project is part of nearly $19 million that was allocated for improvements in northeast Queens in the $92.8 billion city budget.
A meeting with community leaders to discuss the scope of the renovations is slated for the winter.
“Access to public spaces is an integral part of ensuring sustained quality of life in northeast Queens,” Vallone said in a statement. “I know these improvements will be enjoyed by families for years to come.”
City Council Speaker Corey Johnson said northeast Queens residents deserve “nothing less than a first class park,” which is what they will get with the funding.
“I can’t wait to see the final results,” Johnson said in a statement.
Civic leaders applauded the funding allocation. Dorian Colucci Mecir, co-president of the Friends of Francis Lewis Park, called the green space the “crown jewel” of the neighborhood.
Kim Cody, president of the Greater Whitestone Taxpayers Civic Association, added that the monument upgrade has been “long overdue.”
“We are beyond excited to be so generously included in the city’s budget,” Mecir said. “The repair and beautification of Francis Lewis Park will bring joy and recreation to the community.”