STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — NYC Parks Staten Island Borough Commissioner Lynda Ricciardone, Councilman Joseph Borelli and other supporters officially unveiled the reconstructed landscape and tot-lot playground in Eltingville’s Crescent Beach Park on Thursday morning.
The park is named for the sandbar that separates the community from Great Kills Harbor. At low tide, this crescent-shaped sandbar emerges from Wiman Avenue’s foot toward Crooke’s Point in Gateway National Recreation Area.
The park now features a new tot-lot playground, seating and enhanced landscaping. New pathways were constructed to improve neighborhood access to the park’s waterfront.
This $2.2 million project was funded with $1.8 million from Borelli and $197,000 from Mayor Bill de Blasio.
“We’re pleased to provide the children of Staten Island with another imaginative space where they can come play, learn and enjoy the great outdoors,” said Ricciardone. “We’re grateful to Mayor de Blasio and Council Member Borelli for their continued support and dedication to ensuring that Staten Islanders have access to quality greenspaces.”
“It is so important that children are given the space to roam, play,and enjoy the great outdoors,” said Borelli. “It’s with great pleasure to see the investment of taxpayer dollars going toward enhancing one of Staten Island’s prized parks, while providing recreational opportunities to support the physical and mental well-being of our youth. I am privileged to be able to provide the funding for such a great development.”
The project constructed a children’s play area which will serve as an exciting playground for kids ages 5 to 12. The site now features new play equipment, enhanced landscaping and new pathways that provide community access to the park’s waterfront.
Crescent Beach Park offers magnificent views of Great Kills Harbor and Raritan Bay. From the sands of the beach, visitors can see the borough skyline and the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge. The park’s grasslands and oak woods offer year-round sanctuary to various animals, including egrets, great blue herons, ducks, geese, gulls and terns. Monarch butterflies, short-eared owls and snow buntings also live in the parklands, while the salt marsh is home to diamondback terrapins, muscles, crabs and snails, according to the city Parks Department.