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$1.5 million upgrade to Devoy Playground complete, takes on tree house theme

March 8, 2017 By Hannah Wulkan

The Parks Department unveiled a nearly $1.5 million upgrade at Devoy Playground in Forest Park earlier today.

The $1.45 million playground renovation updated the park to be fully ADA accessible and installed all new play equipment. The renovation finished several months ahead of schedule, after breaking ground last June.

“With a new entrance way and a layout that allows wheelchairs to navigate safely between play elements, Joe Devoy Playground has been transformed into a completely accessible space,” said Parks Commissioner Dorothy Lewandowski. “Spring is right around the corner, and now kids of all abilities can exercise their imaginations at this new treehouse-themed playground and enjoy the great outdoors in one of Queens’ flagship parks.”

The renovation also added a drinking fountain, additional seating, swings and a tire swing, while preserving popular features such as wood climbing logs and animal sculptures.

The project was fully funded by Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, and was designed to complement the natural landscape of the park. The new playground is built and colored to resemble a tree house, and the layout took in to account the park’s natural slope with an effort to preserve the existing tree root systems.

“Forest Park is a jewel in our City’s parks system due to its natural beauty and to amenities like DeVoy Playground,” Katz said. “With spring around the corner, the newly renovated DeVoy Playground will make it an even more engaging place for the growing families around Forest Park.”

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Jason Walter

These playground equipment looks so good. i want buy playground equipment for my kids and here in California prices of playgrounds are too high. i have visited some store but not found any structure in low. today i visit this website they are offering all playgrounds in very easy finance (installment) program. i want a suggestion from you should buy from this website on installment? Please help and reply.


Seeing the playground being renovated had irritated me; as it was completely renovated less then 10 years ago. Is it that the City cannot be bothered maintaining its infrastructure? As to the Americans with Disabilities Act; it has been in place since 1990; long before most of the parents and nanny’s that use this park were born! Why wasn’t the prior renovation compliant?


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