NYC Parks Department Reveals Preliminary Renderings of Court Square Park Modernization Project in Long Island City

Rendering of proposed changes at Court Square Park - New York City Parks DepartmentRendering of proposed changes at Court Square Park - New York City Parks Department

On October 27, the Landmarks Preservation Commission will review proposals from the New York City Parks Department to modernize public spaces within Court Square Park in Long Island City. Because the park grounds surround the historic Queens County Court House building constructed between 1872 and 1876, the Parks Department will need a certificate of appropriateness from the LPC.

Existing conditions at Court Square Park - New York City Parks Department

Existing conditions at Court Square Park – New York City Parks Department

Court Square Park currently comprises a circular plaza with a large central fountain, perimeter seating, and surrounding green spaces. Submitted proposals include the installation of new seating areas, bistro and game tables, a new drinking fountain and water bottle refill station, the replacement of the existing fountain with a kid-friendly spray shower, updated lighting, and new concrete pavement throughout the park. The scope of work also includes an outlet to Thomson Avenue at the eastern boundary of the park.

Aerial drawing of proposed organizational changes at Court Square Park - New York City Parks Department

Aerial drawing of proposed organizational changes at Court Square Park – New York City Parks Department

Aerial rendering of proposed changes at Court Square Park - New York City Parks Department

Aerial rendering of proposed changes at Court Square Park – New York City Parks Department

Rendering of proposed spray showers within Court Square Park - New York City Parks Department

Rendering of proposed spray showers within Court Square Park – New York City Parks Department

Rendering of proposed seating at bistro tables at Court Square Park - New York City Parks Department

Rendering of proposed seating at bistro tables at Court Square Park – New York City Parks Department

Earlier this year when the project was first announced, removal of the central fountain received a lukewarm reception from the Court Square Civic Association, a neighborhood group that claims to represent the interests of residents, artists, and small business owners in Long Island City’s Court Square neighborhood.

Total project costs are estimated at about $4 million. Construction could begin next fall and is expected to take about a year to complete.

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7 Comments on "NYC Parks Department Reveals Preliminary Renderings of Court Square Park Modernization Project in Long Island City"

  1. Wait in not sure, but would they get rid of the fountain in the middles cause if so then why. It such a pretty fountain and really matches the building, it would be a shame to loose it.

    • They claim the fountain is too costly and/or difficult to repair and maintain. And yes, they are getting rid of it. They should spend the money on the fountain instead.

  2. Its basically the same park, without the pretty fountain. the fountain is the best part of the park. WHY?

  3. The fountain should not be removed. $4 million should be reallocated for other neighborhood necessities. Just 2 blocks away, there is a NYC park that occupies an entire city block. Why would a beautiful fountain that has been in the neighborhood for decades be removed so that grass can be put in it’s place. Removal of the fountain does not represent all of the LIC residents’ views.

  4. There is a concrete patch that covers a subway entrance. Reopening it would be helpful/could increase foot traffic to the park!

  5. Where do I apply for these apartments.

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