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De Blasio coming to LIC Monday to break ground on Phase II of Hunters Point South Park

12:00 pm ground breaking

Noon ground breaking

Nov. 22, 2015 By Christian Murray

Mayor Bill de Blasio will be joining other elected officials and representatives from the Hunters Point Parks Conservancy to break ground on the second and final phase of Hunters Point South Park on Monday.

Phase I of Hunters Point South Park was completed in 2013 and is a little over 5 acres running from 50th to 54th Avenue. Phase II will expand the park all the way over to the Newtown Creek. The official groundbreaking for phase II is scheduled to take place tomorrow at noon.

Phase II is expected to be completed by the end of 2018 and the entire park will be more than 10 acres when it is finished.

Preliminary construction started on phase II in September with the site being cleared of trash, debris and old structures.

In early 2016, an infrastructure contractor will be brought on to start building the roadways, while a marine contractor will begin work on the shoreline.

HPSParkIn spring, a park contractor will be added and all three contractors will be working together until the park is completed.

Thomas Balsley, a co-designer of the park, said earlier this year that the second phase of the park will be very different from the first.

Balsley said that Phase I was designed for active use, with playgrounds, basketball courts, a dog run and an oval.

The second phase will be a much quieter and passive area, Balsley said, where people can take a stroll, relax and enjoy nature.


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