playgroundThe Bellerose Commonwealth Civic Association, in concert with local civic associations, PS133 and the PS133 PTA, have formed the Friends of Bellerose Playground.

The purpose of FOBP is to focus attention on the only park in Bellerose and to seek funding for a major redesign and refurbishment of the park.

Visit the Friends of Bellerose Playground Website

Bellerose Playground & Reading Garden Updates

The Bellerose Playground is closed. The contractor for the Schools Construction Authority was back at the Playground yesterday. Today the playground gates are padlocked and there are two portable toilets near the comfort station. Some children were inside the playground; they entered through the handball court entrance through which you can still access the play […]

Bellerose Playground Update – 3/11/21

It was great to see so many enjoying our reconstructed playground on some of the recent warm March days. It was re-opened, without fanfare, on October 9, 2020. But the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation did not give the contractor a clean sign-off on the project. When Parks representatives did an inspection of the […]

Reading Garden Update

The Reading Garden project recently moved up from the Design Phase to the Procurement stage. At the February Community Board 13Q Parks Committee zoom meeting, Queens Parks Commissioner Dockett, when asked about the status, thought the project might be on “pause”. Here is his March 4th response to our written follow-up for more details: The […]

Bellerose Playground Re-Opened

The newly reconstructed Bellerose Playground re-opened on October 9, 2020. Councilman Barry Grodenchik had another on-site meeting with Parks and NYC School Construction Authority earlier this week to push for the re-opening. Midday today the portable toilet used by the contractor and black bags of debris were removed. This afternoon the 248th St. gates were […]

Reading Garden Preliminary Design

The design for a Reading Garden at the Bellerose Playground was unveiled at the monthly Community Board 13Q Parks Committee meeting (via Zoom) on June 9, 2020. NYC Parks Dept. landscape architect James Mituzas and Parks designer Amber Betances reviewed the plans in their PowerPoint presentation. The goal for this state-funded $250,000 project on 0.062 […]

Reading Garden Scoping Meeting

On a mild Friday afternoon, January 10, 2020,  NYC Parks & Recreation held a public scoping meeting for the Reading Garden at the Bellerose Playground.  Landscape Architect James Mituzas ran the meeting, along with assigned designer Amber Betances.  Senator John Liu, Councilman Barry Grodenchik, and Community Board 13Q District Manager Mark McMillan were present.   Roseann […]

Bellerose Reading Garden Update

On a very cold and windy Thursday, Senator John Liu and Councilman Barry Grodenchik came together with BCCA Board members, PS133 Principal Nicole Colon and students, and neighbors for the official press conference to announce that funding had finally been secured for the Reading Garden at the Bellerose Playground. Queens Parks Commissioner Michael Dockett, Queens […]

Bellerose Playground Redevelopment Update

Early on Aug. 30th, paving of the site began. By late evening the playground area had been completed. The multi-purpose play area was almost completed.  A small area back near the handball courts had to wait for the second layer of asphalt.   Next week benches will be installed, line markings will be applied to […]

Bellerose Playground Redevelopment Update

The multi-purpose play area has been back-filled after a lengthy period of excavation and placement of drainage pipes and dry wells.  Actual work at the site by the New Jersey contractor and his sub-contractors appears to be on a more frequent basis than in the past.  Hopefully with P.S.133 closing today for the summer work […]

Site of Future Bellerose Reading Garden

We have just been advised by Senator John Liu’s office that the $250,000 in NYS funding (obtained years ago by then Senator Tony Avella) for a reading garden at the Bellerose Playground, has finally been transferred to the NYC Dept. of Parks and Recreation.  Parks would not begin the project without the money in hand. […]