Groundbreaking with Mayor Bill de Blasio

On Monday, November 23, 2015, Mr. Pavone and the student council of P.S./I.S. 78Q joined Mayor Bill de Blasio and other elected officials for a special groundbreaking ceremony for the an affordable housing development and expansion of Hunters Point Park South phase II in Long Island City, which will include a kayak launch, a platform overlooking the East River, playgrounds, basketball courts and a dog run, officials said this week.

Mr. Pavone, Principal of P.S./I.S. 78Q said, “It will add to an already great community filled with beautiful parks for children of all ages to enjoy.”

Work on the park will start in late summer or early fall, according to officials from the city’s Economic Development Corporation.

The park will be expanded to run along the East River and Newtown Creek south of 54th Avenue, and will feature a 40-foot wide overlook that’s elevated 35 feet above the water and offers a “dramatic vista and will feature lawns and a play area for toddlers,” according to the plans.

The park is expected to be completed by the end of 2018, officials said.