MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. -- State Sen. Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester), joined by Mount Vernon elected officials and community leaders, unveiled the newly renovated Broad Street Pavilion on the evening of Saturday, Aug. 9.
The official ribbon cutting was followed by a screening of “Despicable Me II." The movie was part of Klein’s Summer Movie series, which provides free screenings and popcorn at various locations throughout his 34th Senate District during the summer season.
The completely restored Broad Street Pavilion, on the Fleetwood Playground at the corners of Fleetwood Ave and Broad Street, was a three-year project and made possible through a combination of municipal and state funding. Construction began in 2010 and finished this summer.
“Warm summer nights are made for family fun. I am so pleased that I was able to play a part in helping deliver this newly renovated pavilion so Fleetwood families can take advantage of the beautiful weather and take in a great show," said Klein.
"With these improvements to the park, generations of residents will be able to have great entertainment options right in their own backyard for many summer seasons to come."
In 2010, the president of the Fleetwood Neighborhood Association contacted Klein’s office requesting help in refurbishing the dilapidated tin structure that stood as a pavilion in the playground in addition to make essential upgrades to the worn-out park facility.
Klein was able to get a state grant of $100,000 to the Fleetwood Neighborhood Association for the capital improvements, with the purchase and assembly of the pavilion as the centerpiece of the grant. Other improvements include new fencing around the playground, repaving of the park and the planting of decorative fauna around the pavilion.
An additional $20,000 for the project was provided through municipal funding.