Sandpiper Playground Gets Official Opening

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On Friday, October 4, NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz and other officials came to Beach 107th Street and the boardwalk to officially cut the ribbon on the reconstruction of Sandpiper Playground.

Due to damage from Super Storm Sandy, the playground underwent a full $6.9 million renovation; with $2.6 million from Mayor Bill de Blasio; $2 million from Katz; $1.2 million from Council Member Ulrich; and $1.4 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

 “The restoration of this treasured shorefront playground is another step towards bringing world-class greenspaces to neighborhoods all over our city,” Silver said. “I am proud to re-open this beautiful park for the Rockaway communities to enjoy. With brand new play equipment and improved pathways, Sandpiper Playground has been renewed for generations to come.”

With nearly $7 million in upgrades, the revitalized Sandpiper Playground now features ADA accessible play equipment with safety surfacing; a restored wave shelter; water play equipment; new plantings; and fencing. In addition to the updated active amenities, there are opportunities for passive recreation with new seating areas along Shorefront Parkway. Pedestrian paths have also been replaced to provide easier access to the boardwalk.

Located on Shorefront Parkway between 106th and 107th streets, Sandpiper Playground honors the sandpipers that can be found at nearby Rockaway Beach. These small birds make their way through the area during a long winter migration from their Arctic nesting sites. Former NYC Parks Commissioner Henry Stern changed the name of this playground from Beach 106th  Playground to Sandpiper Playground in January 2000.

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