Council Member Van Bramer Breaks Ground on $1.8 Million Renovation of Big Bush park

On Tuesday July 25th, I joined Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver, Community Board 2, and community members to break ground on a $1.8 million renovation of Big Bush Park in Woodside, which sits next to the Big Six Towers.

Big Bush Park is a great place in Woodside to sit outside with family and friends, play sports, and get some fresh air. But anyone who has used it recently knows it needs some work. That’s why I’m thrilled to join Parks Commissioner Silver, Borough President Katz, and members of the community to break ground today on a full $1.8 million renovation that will bring exciting new amenities for the first time in decades.

I’m proud to have allocated nearly $1 million to this project that will bring new swings and game tables for kids, drinking fountains for all to stay hydrated, and exercise equipment and smoother running surfaces to stay fit. I look forward to returning next Spring to open a park the residents of Woodside can be proud of, and that will be enjoyed for years to come

The plan for the $1.8 million in improvements to the park was developed through extensive community input. New elements will include benches, game tables, swings, play equipment for tots and older children, painted games, and adult exercise equipment with a new safety surface and repaved asphalt and concrete pavements. A new spray shower area will be installed with sprinklers that kids can activate themselves, as well as a drinking fountain.

 

Beyond these improvements, new trees will be planted throughout the park to provide shade and existing trees will be pruned and fertilized. There will also be significant improvements to park lighting, with new LED luminaires.