By Bill Parry
The basketball and handball courts at Lance Corporal Thomas P. Noonan Playground in Sunnyside are back in action after the city Parks Department, City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside), community leaders and students from IS 125 cut the ribbon Tuesday. The $200,000 upgrade on the courts, located at Greenpoint Avenue and 43rd Street, puts the finishing touches on the $2.2 million renovation, which included new accessible play equipment, more swings, a toddler area and a new spray shower, which was completed in April 2015.
“Noonan Playground is a hub of our community,” Van Bramer said. “With these modern courts, separate play areas for toddlers and older children and, of course, the famous Rainbow Sprinkler, children and families in Sunnyside and Woodside will continue to have a wonderful place to play for years to come.”
Funded by Mayor Bill de Blasio, the scope of work included the reconstruction of the existing basketball courts with new sports coating, fiberglass backboards and new hoops. The handball courts were also upgraded, and the area was completed with new asphalt and benches. Construction started in November 2015 and was completed in February 2016.
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