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Donovan F
78th Street btwn Northern Blvd and 34th Ave
Queens (Jackson Heights)
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Turf and Picnic seating at the Jackson Heights Playstreet

the project

The Play Street provides a place for the diverse population of Jackson Heights to interact and to play sports, learn to ride bikes, and generally be active and social. With increasing obesity and diabetes rates among urban residents, space for physical activity is extremely important. The Play Street also reduces the amount of air pollution in the adjacent Travers Park. And it provides a place for community activities such as "learn to bike" clinics, the Greenmarket, composting workshops and other activities that are rare in such a dense neighborhood with so little public open space.

the steps

We have city approval to close 78th Street to traffic 24 hours a day from July 1 to Sept 31, 2011. In previous years we have relied on volunteer labor and art supplies, sports equipment and a few tables and chairs donated by local businesses and residents. We will rely on these kinds of assistance again this year. However, parents of young children and elderly residents in particular have asked if we can provide better quality seating and some shaded areas, so we need to raise money to purchase some more sturdy tables and sun shades to provide a respite from the summer heat.

why we're doing it

Jackson Heights is a very dense urban neighborhood with a large immigrant population, low to moderate median income, and very little public open space. This project provides additional safe space for neighborhood residents of all ages to play, socialize, relax, and be outside during the summer months.


4 picnic tables, $250 each, Home Depot = 1000 3 sets of cables and locks for picnic tables, $50 each, Home Depot = 150 10 shade umbrellas and stands, $150 each, Home Depot = 1500 4 portable soccer goals, $50 each, Modells = 200 $300 for a playhouse project

total raised = $3402
third party credit card processing (3%) = $98.07
ioby materials and labor = $35
total disbursed to group = 3268.93


Turf and Picnic seating at the Jackson Heights Playstreet

The 78th Street Play Street is going strong with the mini roller coaster and the fire hydrant supplying some relief from this insane heat. With your help we've been able to buy 4 sturdy picnic tables and some high-quality astroturf. Yes, we too wish it was real grass, but in the meantime we have 750 square feet of luxurious plastic grass made from water bottles collected at Yosemite and Yellowstone national parks. This week the Jackson Heights Beautification Group's Summer Sundays concert series took full use of it with a Capoeira performance and demonstration by Raizes Do Brasil. Thanks again for your support and we hope to see you on the street soon!


Thank you! Jackson Heights has more room to play!


This is where photos will go once we build flickr integration


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