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Simotas, Gianaris, Community Work to Clean Up Astoria Heights Playground

Simotas, Gianaris, Community Work to Clean Up Astoria Heights Playground

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Simotas, Gianaris, Community Work to Clean Up Astoria Heights Playground
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 NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLYOFFICE OF ASSEMBLYMEMBER ARAVELLA SIMOTASFor Immediate ReleaseOctober 19, 2013Contact: Jim McFadden, 718-545-3889
Simotas, Gianaris, Community Work to Clean Up AstoriaHeights Playground
Volunteer corps spearheads effort to keep playground family friendly
Astoria, N.Y.— On Saturday, Assemblymember Aravella Simotas, SenatoMichael Gianaris and the Friends of Astoria Heights Playground led a volunteer effort toclean up Astoria Heights Park. The event was part of “It's My Park Day,” a citywideinitiative, presented by Partnerships for Parks, which works with hundreds of community parks groups to lead clean-up events in neighborhood parks across the city. Over 75volunteers of all ages joined elected officials to improve our public space.“We have been hearing lots of concerns from neighborhood residents who areupset with the recent state of Astoria Heights Playground,” Simotas said. “Today’s effortsare part of our ongoing commitment to keeping Astoria’s public parks beautiful and safefor our community’s families.”Simotas met with concerned parents to discuss sustainable solutions for keepingthe park clean and crime-free moving forward. After learning of the parents’ concerns,Simotas sent a letter to the Department of Parks and Recreation to urge them to expedite projects planned to enhance the safety and usability of Astoria Heights Playground.Lynn Kennedy, a local resident and organizer of Friends of Astoria HeightsPlayground explained the issues users of the playground experience. "Parents demandthat repairs be made-- sooner than 2015-- to make this park safer. Specifically, erosioncontrol, a need for gates, buckling mats, and sustained staffing are necessary. Health parks make for healthy communities, and the huge turnout we saw at this event makes itclear how important this space is."“Filth like broken beer bottles and drugs has no place in our neighborhood, leastof all where children come to play," Senator Gianaris said. "I thank all the parents whotook it upon themselves to organize this cleanup and make our community a better placeto live. I look forward to continuing our work to keep Astoria safe and beautiful.”

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