The finish line is finally in sight for the construction of a College Point park.
The College Point Sports Complex has officially received the required funding to complete the last leg of its construction, according to a press release by Councilman Paul Vallone.
The final phase of the project required $5.5 million in funding; $500,000 is being allocated by Councilman Vallone, combined with an additional $3 million from City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and $2 million from the Mayor’s Office.
“College Point has waited for this project for far too long and I’m proud to have finally secured the funding to get the ball rolling,” Vallone said in a statement on Wednesday. “The incredible new fields that will soon be available to the community are a shining example of what can be accomplished for our district by working hand in hand with our speaker and mayor. I look forward to continuing to work with the Parks Department to ensure the vision for this sports complex is realized as soon as possible.”
Located adjacent to the long-defunct Flushing Airport, the complex sits on 22 acres of land between 23rd and 26th avenues along 130th and Ulmer Streets. The site currently houses a roller-hockey rink and soccer and baseball fields.
The site had originally been leased to the College Points Sports Association. The group hired Enviro-Fill to repair the fields, which proceeded to dump metal, glass and other dangerous materials into the area, making it unfit for community use. The Parks Department proceeded to reclaim control over the land, but a lack of funding left the project in a decade-long standstill.
Now that funding has been secured, the Parks Department, Vallone and the community will need to decide what fields and facilities will be added to the site.
“I thank Council member Vallone for securing these funds and am glad that we can now move forward with the plan for the College Point Sports Complex,” said Joe Femenia, president of the College Point Civic Taxpayers Association.