Central Queens area to be honored as cleanest large park district by NYC Parks

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Juniper Valley Park
Photo courtesy of Juniper Valley Park/Wikimedia Commons

The New York City Department of Parks and Recreation is expected to announce next month that the parks within Queens District 5 are the cleanest in the city for a district of that size.

Queens District 5—which covers the central Queens neighborhoods of Middle Village, Ridgewood and adjacent areas—will be honored with the “Best Sustained Performance — Large District” award at the NYC Parks Annual Awards Ceremony next month, according to NYC Parks.

NYC Parks says the award is given to the cleanest large park district in the city. Queens District 5 is home to many popular park spaces, such as Juniper Valley Park in Middle Village, Grover Cleveland Playground in Ridgewood, Frank Principe Park in Maspeth, Mafera Park in Ridgewood, Rosemary’s Playground in Ridgewood and Reiff Playground in Maspeth.

NYC Parks Queens Borough Commissioner Jackie Langsam told QNS she’s grateful for the work of dedicated maintenance staff, volunteers and park lovers who continue to dedicate themselves to park cleanliness.

“Investments in public spaces aren’t just a luxury — they’re an economic and social necessity,” Langsam said. “Our maintenance and operations teams work tirelessly to keep our public greenspaces safe, clean and accessible for all Queens residents to enjoy – and our wonderful teams in District 5 will soon be recognized for maintaining the cleanest large parks district in the city!”

The borough commissioner also specifically recognized the parkgoers at Juniper Valley Park and Mafera Park for maintaining the park space.

NYC Parks anticipates honoring Manhattan’s District 6 with similar recognition in the small parks district category.