Photo Courtesy of NYC Parks
Rendering of the new and improved Al Stabile Playground
By Forum Staff
Major improvements are set for Al Stabile Playground in Ozone Park, including upgrades to beautify and modernize the park and replace outdated equipment and furnishings, City Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) and the City Parks Department recently announced.
Upon completion, the $1.75 million project will replace much of the recreational space’s equipment for children ages 2-5, and for children ages 5-12. The plan also calls for installing new steel game tables, light poles, drinking fountains, trash receptacles, and benches. Additionally, the project will relocate the entrance to provide better accessibility to the Centreville Street park.
“It is important that we continue to invest in our public parks, which play such a vital role in our communities—especially for our youth. I am proud to have funded this project, which will make several needed improvements to Al Stabile Playground for all to enjoy,” Ulrich said.
According to Parks officials, the project also will expand tree pits and planting areas to soften the space. Other beautification elements include the planting of new trees and flowers, such as the Ginkgo biloba (Maidenhair tree), cherry laurel and “Big Blue” Lilyturf—to name a few.
“Community Board 10 was pleased to vote unanimously to approve the planned upgrades to the Al Stabile Playground at our full board meeting last [week]. We thank Councilman Ulrich for securing the $1.75 million in funding to make the planned improvements for this playground in CB 10’s district, as well as for the funding he has secured for other park projects within the neighborhoods of CB 10 he represents in the City Council,” said Community Board 10 Chairwoman Betty Braton.