From the Times Ledger:
The city Parks Department said it could begin work to revamp Flushing’s Weeping Beech Park as early as January 2010 after receiving approval from Community Board 7 last week.
On April 27, the board gave its stamp of approval to an $852,000 plan that will completely restructure the northern portion of the park. The project, which will take about nine months to complete, will create green space, including a field for tai chi, add lighting and replace asphalt with permeable and rubber concrete to foster the growth of plants and trees.
The reconfiguration will eliminate basketball and handball courts currently at the park, which irked some board members, who contended teenagers who use the courts will have nowhere to go.
One basketball player who frequents the park said last Thursday he was disappointed, but it was not the end of the world.
“I’ve been playing here since I was a kid,” said Terrell Daniels, 17. “I mean, it’s not a crazy big deal. I can go to some of the other courts around here, there’s a bunch of them, but it still sucks.”