The $2.4 million phase will renovate the existing playground area and comfort station. It will also provide additional seating, a picnic area, pedestrian lighting, pavement resurfacing and more greenery.
The borough president allocated $500,000 toward the project, which will increase site visibility and park security.
“Parks affect everyone’s quality of life,” Katz said. “It’s about having the infrastructure for our families to grow, so folks have places to go. As we grow, parks are growing with us side by side.”
Crowley’s office allocated $1.6 million in funding for this part of the project. In December, Crowley and the Parks Department replaced an underused bocce court with a new, $1 million garden-themed toddler playground, the first phase of the project.
After the third phase is complete, the total investment in the park will be more than $5 million.
“This will be a better park because of this investment,” Crowley said. “We need to make sure this park is just like the evergreen, inviting and youthful.”
Construction for the second phase is expected to begin next spring.
Community Board 5 District Manager Gary Giordano called Evergreen Park “a beautiful park with beautiful trees.”
“A lot of kids have enjoyed this park in the summer and all year round,” he said.