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Work on a Sunnyside playground will continue thanks to some newly secured funding.

Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer announced on Aug. 21 that he had secured $2.5 million in funding for the third phase of renovations to Lance Corporal Thomas P. Noonan Jr. Playground.

The funding will go toward the reconstruction of the sitting area located at 42nd Street and Greenpoint Avenue into an additional play area for children with new accessible play equipment, shrubbery and fencing.

“Noonan Playground is the heart of our neighborhood and I am incredibly excited to oversee the final stages of its complete transformation,” Van Bramer said. “With the $2.5 million I allocated for new renovations, we will ensure that Noonan Playground is one of the cleanest, safest and most fun destinations for children and families in Sunnyside and Woodside to spend an afternoon. I look forward to seeing our community’s vision for the redesign.”

Van Bramer emphasized that the third round of renovations will incorporate input from the community. Public feedback regarding what the community would like to see at Noonan Playground will be collected online or in a suggestion box located at the Sunnyside Branch of the Queens Library. Van Bramer’s office will also be collecting suggestions by phone and email.

The first phase of renovations was completed in April 2015 and brought new accessible play equipment, more swings, a toddler area and new spray shower to the playground. The second phase, which included new basketball and handball courts, was completed in July 2016.

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