Earlier this week, Councilman Robert Holden delivered new shuffleboard equipment to a group of local seniors at Juniper Valley Park.
“It was truly gratifying to encourage our local seniors to get out and enjoy summer with some brand-new shuffleboard equipment,” Holden said. “Juniper Valley Park would practically be unrecognizable without seeing these longtime friends playing on these courts.
“It should give our community a great sense of normalcy and hope to see them back in action, especially after COVID-19 hit our seniors so hard,” he added. “We should all follow their example of getting back to doing the things we love while still wearing masks and protecting each other.”
At this week’s virtual Community Board 5 meeting, District Manager Gary Giordano said the start of construction for the renovation of the turf soccer/football field and running track at Juniper Valley Park has been pushed back.
It was supposed to start in March, Giordano said, but the COVID-19 outbreak and lockdown paused all work.
On the Parks Department website, the project timeline says construction will begin in August 2020 and is projected to be completed in August 2021.
The $4.6 million project was funded by the City Council.
Past completed projects at Juniper Valley Park include the bocce court renovation, spray shower renovation and hockey rink renovation.
Three student athletes at Middle Village’s Christ the King signed commitments to play college athletics on national signing day. The school held a special rally last week to honor the students, who signed their commitment letters in front of friends and family.
The commitments are:
• Lorrenzo Worrell signed for Wagner College (Football)
• Medina Mulic signed for Long Island University CW Post (Soccer)
•Brent Priester signed for Old Dominion University (Football)
Are you a big fan of watching or playing bocce? Well, bocce enthusiasts can join NYC Parks for their annual bocce face-off. The competition will carry on city-wide on September 12, including at Juniper Valley Park. Those who win their respective contests will then take part in the championship in South Beach, Staten Island. One borough will be crowned the winner.
To register as an individual or as a group of four for the Juniper Valley Park tournament, click here or register at 8 a.m. on Saturday, September 12. The tournament will begin at 9 a.m. and last until 5 p.m.
For more information, you can contact Queens.Recreation@parks.nyc.gov or call 718-393-7370.
The USTA is currently pushing to allocate two of Juniper Valley Park’s eight tennis courts for youth players. The USTA wants to come in and redo the courts at Juniper Valley Park, and take two of the courts and make them for youth 12 and under.