Yesterday afternoon NYC Parks Commissioner Veronica White, Queens Borough President Helen Marshall, Council Member Elizabeth Crowley, Assembly Member Rafael Espinal, and members of Queens and Brooklyn cut the ribbon on renovated paths through Highland Park and around the park’s Ridgewood Reservoir. The newly improved park opened to the public in late September. The $6.92 million project includes new lighting, restored pathways, wheelchair-accessible entry points, and new fencing. According to a press release, “Parks is currently working with the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation on plans to decommission the reservoir’s dam, required as a result of new safety regulations instituted Hurricane Katrina.” Parks is also working on a larger conceptual master plan for further improvements to park infrastructure, including possible locations for pedestrian networks, active and passive recreation, playgrounds, and educational opportunities. Check out a photo of the current park after the jump.