After Hurricane Sandy…
We love viewer mail and always love answering questions to the best of our abilities:
It’s true that only one section of Shady Park is currently open and there is a lot of rebuilding to be done throughout the rest of the park, however we did noticed that the swings seem to be in good shape. It’s more the access to the swings that may be a bit tricky.
LIC Spot contacted key people at the NYC Parks Department and was able to get the wheels in motion.
According to them, “Queens has done a review of the damaged areas from the storm and is now finishing up site assessments with FEMA staff where they will determine the amount of money that will be allocated for the repairs. I think once this is determined, Parks will be contracting the repairs out.” No word on the timeline with this.
Asked if there was a way to open up at least the undamaged swings they quickly and graciously replied, “I will ask that our maintenance personnel inspect the swing area again and find out if there is a way to safely let patrons access that area without entering any zone that is still unsafe to use.”
There is still the issue of replanting of trees and Friends of Shady Park informed us that there are quite a few options that are being considered, however when we spoke to our contacts at the Parks Department a few months back they stated that any tree that were to be planted at Shady Park would have to wait until the Spring when the ground was warmer.
Onward and forward!