FEMA funds $1.4M for Sandy repairs at Wolfe's Pond Park
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Senators Charles Schumer and Kristen Gillibrand, Congressman Dan Donovan and Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Tuesday that FEMA will be providing over $1.4 million in funding to restore Wolfe's Pond Park in Prince's Bay.
"When Superstorm Sandy hit our coastline, much of this park was unfortunately destroyed," said Schumer. " It is crucial for this much-loved waterfront park to be back in full working order so that so many Staten Islanders can enjoy all that it has to offer."
The funds will cover full replacement of the playground equipment; installation of new asphalt pavement for existing paths to the playground; the removal and re-installation of all existing safety surfacing surrounding the play equipment, and repairs to existing chain link fencing, benches and curbs.
"Piece by piece, we're making our way through this labyrinthine recovery," said Donovan. " I look forward to enjoying a fully restored Wolfe's Pond Park with friends and neighbors when work is complete."
De Blasio said funding for Wolfe's Pond Park was needed so residents could once again take pleasure in everything the park had to offer before Hurricane Sandy hit.
"Sandy's impact was felt across Staten Island and our city – from homes and businesses, to our open space like Wolfe's Pond Park," said de Blasio. This vital funding will allow us to finish making key repairs and ensure that Staten Islanders can fully enjoy all of the park's great amenities."
"Parks secured FEMA funding for a full replacement of the playground, which was damaged during Hurricane Sandy," said Tara Kiernan, a Parks Department spokeswoman. "Currently, we are in the procurement phase and we expect this project to begin this fall."
Parks said the project's completion date has not been determined.