Rachel Carson Playground
|Rachel Carson Playground|
|Location||Flushing, New York|
|Operated by||New York City Department of Parks and Recreation|
|Status||Open until 9PM|
It was named to honor Rachel Carson. The park located between Juniper and Geranium Avenues on Colden Street. It was part of larger Kissena Corridor Park in 1946. In that same year the park was formerly called Playground for All Children. In 1978 the government spend $351,000 for a project which allowed the park to be accessible to children regardless of physical ability. In 1999 Councilwoman Julia Harrison spend $421,395 for renovating the park. She established a baseball diamond with chain-link backstop, dugouts, and drinking fountains. She also established basketball courts, handball courts, running tracks, picnic areas with tables.
In 2011, the park has undergone some new renovations for the first time in 12 years. The main effect of the renovation took place on what used to be the baseball diamond, which now has a green platform.
- Baseball Diamond (Green Platform)
- Four handball Courts
- Basketball Court
- Running Track
- Picnic area with tables
- cement blocks-with depictions of sea creatures, and the titles of Carson’s three books before Silent Spring to commemorate her life’s passion.
The adjacent Silent Springs Playground is a tribute to her most influential work and now holds swings for tots and kids, benches, a game table, play equipment with safety surfacing, a spray shower, and a basketball court.