A beloved park in Old Howard Beach has recently completed a much-needed renovation project.
The entrance, central pathway and handball court at Frank M. Charles Memorial Park have all been redone, thanks to funding from Councilman Eric Ulrich in partnership with the Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy (JBRPC), the Charles Park Conservation Society, Wildcat and National Park Service.
The councilman allocated $45,000 for a number of improvements at the park. Work began this summer with the removal of 15,000 square feet of turf along the park’s central pathway.
The space was transformed into a landscape with 9,000 new plantings, including new perennials.
Two patios were installed near the entrance of the park to allow better access to pollinator gardens.
The basketball courts also received new nets, and the handball court was rehabilitated and painted.
More improvements are expected in the spring as part of the multi-phase project. Expect more plantings, beautification of the former horseshoe court and infrastructure improvements to plumbing systems.