Rachel Carson Playground
|Rachel Carson Playground|
|Location||Flushing, New York|
|Operated by||NYC Parks|
The park, opened in 1946, was named to honor Rachel Carson and her widely sold book Silent Spring. The park is located between Juniper and Geranium Avenues on Colden Street. It is part of the larger Kissena Corridor Park. In that same year the park was formerly called Playground for All Children. In 1978 the government spent $351,000 for a project which allowed the park to be accessible to children regardless of physical ability. In 1999 Councilwoman Julia Harrison spent $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 underwent 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.