Work begins for $1.45M Bowne Park Pond renovation project
Courtesy of Councilman Vallone’s offi ce
TIMESLEDGER | QNS.COM | MARCH 26-APRIL 1, 2021 9
BY JENNA BAGCAL
A northeast Queens lawmaker announced
the launch of a project that
would bring significant improvements
to Bowne Park Pond.
On Monday, March 22, work began
on a $1.45 million contract for the pond’s
upgrades, allocated by Councilman
Paul Vallone’s office. Parks awarded the
project contract for improvements to
the nearly 12-acre park, which includes
removing sediments from the bottom of
Bowne Park Pond and installing a new
aeration system to improve water quality.
This new project is part of Vallone’s
allocation of $3.5 million to upgrade
Bowne Parks playground bocce courts
and pond in partnership with the mayor
and Queens borough president.
“I’m very proud that the latest capital
project is about to begin at Bowne Park.
The renovations to our iconic pond will
add to the serene beauty that is unique
to this park. These projects along with
the upcoming bocce court beautification
community project will total over
3.5 million dollars and complete our
promise to renovate and preserve the
beauty of Bowne Park,” said Vallone.
Additional work on the current project
includes repairing the connection
from the pond to a nearby well so the
groundwater, rather than city water,
can be used to refill the pond; replacing
stone on the pond’s edge; and clearing
catch basins and storm sewer lines
that empty into the pond. Work will
also be done to reconstruct the existing
asphalt path, and new plantings will be
To ensure that wildlife remains
undisturbed, the project will occur in
phases so that animals can benefit from
the freshwater retained in one portion
of the pond.
“Bowne Park has long been a yearround
destination for nature and park
lovers alike,” said NYC Parks Queens
Borough Commissioner Michael Dockett.
“Thanks to Mayor Bill de Blasio
and Council member Vallone’s generous
investment, Bowne Pond will be restored
back to its natural splendor with
a brand-new filtration system that will
provide a healthy habitat for wildlife
and revitalize the park’s natural ecosystem.”
The Bowne Park Pond upgrades will
take approximately 18 months of work
and is scheduled to be finished by August
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