James Mituzas, Landscape Architect
by Benjamin Fang
Dec 18, 2018 | 5640 views | 0 0 comments | 582 582 recommendations | email to a friend | print
For James Mituzas, working in Queens means he gets to reminisce about the borough where he was born and raised.

As the director of Landscape Architecture for the Parks Department in Queens, Mituzas redesigns and creates new parks. He’s been working for the city for 26 years, and previously had a stint in the Bronx.

“I enjoy redoing parks that I actually played in when I was a kid,” he said, “which I have gotten the opportunity to do a couple of times already.”

Growing up in Woodside, Mituzas said he always hung out at Little Bush Park at 63rd Street and Laurel Hill Boulevard. In 1984, his Eagle Scout project was to renovate portions of the playground.

“Just today, I was at a meeting where we were discussing renovating that park right now,” Mituzas said. “So we’re doing the construction documents to make that a reality.”

He also hung out at Woodside’s Big Bush Park, on the other side of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway. That playground was just renovated earlier this summer.

“I wore out a lot of basketball shoes in that park,” he said.

Mituzas said he loves his job because he gets to be outside all the time. He’s also big on taking care of the environment and planting trees, which his role allows him to do.

“I tell everybody, the most important thing is to plant trees and take care of those trees,” he said. “My life is about the outdoors, so that’s why I’m a landscape architect and I’m here working for Parks.”

When asked what his favorite park was, Mituzas couldn’t say.

“I have a lot of favorite parks, they’re all my favorite parks,” he said. “If they have trees, they’re my favorite park.”
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