Digging In to Start Sunnyside Project

Sunnyside residents joined community activists, elected officials and Parks Department representatives last Friday, May 9, in breaking ground on renovations to the Thomas Noonan Playground. The $2 million project, funded by City Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer, includes renovations to the children’s play area with separate facilities for toddlers and older children; additional swings; a spray shower; and new trees, shrubbery, lighting, benches, bike racks, paving and fencing. The work is expected to be completed in one year. The Parks Department noted a separate $200,000 project to repair Noonan Playground’s basketball and handball courts will begin this summer. The playground is named for Lance Corporal Thomas P. Noonan, who died in action during the Vietnam War and was posthumously awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. Representatives of local veterans posts are pictured at the groundbreaking with Van Bramer, Queens Parks Commissioner Dorothy Lewandowski, Community Board 2 Chairperson Joseph Conley and Alysia Quan, an I.S. 125 student who previously attended the nearby P.S. 199.

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