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Photo courtesy of the Department of Environmental Protection
Photo courtesy of the Department of Environmental Protection
Ground broke today on turning a Flushing asphalt schoolyard into new green playground

A Flushing schoolyard is making a smart switch to help their environment.

The asphalt playground shared by JHS 189 Daniel Carter Beard School and Flushing International High School will be transformed into a green playground for the community.

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, Council Member Peter Koo, The Trust for Public Land Playgrounds Program Director Mary Alice Lee, New York City Department of Environmental Protection Acting Commissioner Vincent Sapienza, JHS 189 Daniel Carter Beard School Principal Magdalen Radovich, and Flushing International High School Principal Lara Evangelista joined students and community members to announce the breaking ground of state-of-the-art playground.

“Today’s groundbreaking at JHS 189 and Flushing International High School is the first step in transforming the schools’ asphalt schoolyard into an environmentally-friendly playground that will give schoolchildren and residents a fun and safe place to play,” said Sapienza.

The design of the $1 million playground was started from a student-led participatory design process where students at both schools surveyed fellow students as part of a class project to learn about what playground features children found the most popular.

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The playground, which features are outlined in the above photo, is expected to be completed by Summer 2018 and will be able to manage up to 360,000 gallons of rainwater annually, specialized plantings and shade trees, new synthetic turf field, a broken stone storage layer, and perforated distribution pipes to promote infiltration.

“Today’s groundbreaking is a direct investment into the future and families of Flushing, providing not just a fun and safe place for learning and play, but also long-term environmental benefits to the community’s natural assets,” said Queens Borough President Melinda Katz.

 

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