Date: Apr 10, 2001
Press Release Number: 60-2001
The Port Authority teamed Kennedy Airport maintenance crews with representatives of a federal agency and a community group on Saturday, April 7, to make much-needed repairs to a Southern Queens public playground - Hamilton Beach Park in Hamilton Beach. The agency also donated $2000, the use of power tools and other supplies to the project called \"The Community Playground Build.\"
\"This was another great opportunity for the Port Authority to give something back to the Queens communities that host our airport facilities,\" said Al Graser, General Manager of John F. Kennedy International Airport. \"We want the Queens community to know that we appreciate their support and that they can depend on us to be good and helpful neighbors. We are ready and willing to make our resources available for the benefit of the borough whenever possible.\"
Items supplied by the Port Authority included wheelbarrows, shovels, post diggers, jackhammers, drills, safety equipment and an electrical generator. Twenty Kennedy Airport maintenance crew members assisted about 30 community volunteers in assembling playground equipment.
The agency also plans to refurbish the park\'s handball court, which includes power washing, pavement repair and the installation of new fencing at its own expense, before the park\'s ribbon cutting ceremony scheduled for April 21. JFK management will soon enter into discussions with federal representatives of Gateway National Park regarding participation in future rehabilitation projects to Hamilton Beach Park and Charles Park.
The work is the Port Authority\'s most recent contributions to the improvement of Queens residential and recreational areas. Last fall, Port Authority maintenance crews removed more than 20 abandoned boats from the Jamaica Bay shoreline near John F. Kennedy International Airport, and sponsored a beach cleanup project in Queens at F.M. Charles Memorial Park in Howard and Hamilton Beaches.
The Public Park Community Playground Build is the first of its kind in New York City. Striving to Achieve and Reach Success, Inc., a non-profit community youth organization that serves Howard Beach and Ozone Park, and the Gateway National Recreational Area Initiative sponsor the project.
Hamilton Beach Park is located at the end of 104th Street and 165th Avenue in Queens.