Photo courtesy of NYC DEP
Leaders and students break ground at the playground.

Ground was broken this week on a new Flushing playground set to rise on an asphalt lot near a neighborhood school.

On May 23, lawmakers, community leaders and students gathered at P.S. 120 at 58-01 136th St. to celebrate the upcoming construction of a state-of-the-art, green playground, which will be open the whole community. The project will be completed by the end of 2017.

The new playground was designed through a series of participatory design workshops led by students at the school. Students surveyed their peers and worked with landscape architects to include desired features into the final design. Plans include a synthetic turf field with a two-lane track, a gazebo, raised garden beds and an outdoor classroom space. 

Photo courtesy of The Trust for Public Land

Photo courtesy of The Trust for Public Land

In collaboration with the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), the playground will be engineered to include green infrastructure elements, which will reduce stormwater runoff, improve the health of nearby Flushing Creek and Bay and clean the air, according to the city agency.

The project was made possible with funding from Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, DEP, Councilman Peter Koo, the New York Road Runners (NYRR) and the Trust for Public Land.

“A shared commitment to encouraging the youth of New York City’s five boroughs to get outside and active is what makes New York Road Runners’ partnership with the Trust for Public Land so impactful,” said Michael Capiraso, president and CEO at NYRR. “The groundbreaking at PS 120Q is our second since partnering with the Trust for Public Land. We are proud to work together to transform public school playgrounds into state-of-the-art community playgrounds, and look forward to providing an enhanced facility for running and many other outdoor activities to the students of PS 120Q, where more than 700 of the 215,000 kids who take part in NYRR free youth running programs attend school.”

“I am thankful to Queens Borough President Katz, Councilman Koo, and The Trust for Public Land for making this dream a reality,” said principal Robert Marino. “The students of PS 120Q will soon have a beautiful yard for recess and endless physical education activities.”

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