The playground at Woodbine Street and Fairview Avenue is small, but routinely packed with children in a community starved for open space. It is located a few blocks from IS 93 and the Ridgewood branch of the Queens Public Library.
About two years ago, residents began to call for upgrades at the park, which hasn’t seen any improvements since 1997.
“We started it because the playground was in terrible shape,” said Steffi Sauer, co-founder of the Facebook group Let's Fix Rosemary's Playground. “The paint was peeling, there was no little kids play area. It really deserves to be a much better park than it currently is.”
Last week, Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley and Borough President Melinda Katz announced they had secured $3.2 million for the upgrades.
They hosted the first public visioning session for the future Rosemary’s playground along with the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation last week.
“When Ridgewood residents came to me almost two years ago looking for a solution for their park, I knew immediately that something had to be done,” Crowley said. “These park upgrades will completely revitalize a beloved park in the neighborhood, a place that so many families depend on every day.”
Construction is slated to begin in 2019 on the year-long project. Sauer said the first visioning session hosted by the Parks Department last week reflected the group's goals.
Those include a gated play area for younger children, an older kids play area, new water features, and picnic area.
“We were so thankful that our hard work paid off and we were heard,” she said. “The children in the neighborhood will benefit and have a nice place to go to.”