Monday, October 1, 2018
Playground renovations underway in Tompkins Square Park
Workers arrived this morning to start renovations on the Tompkins Square Park Avenue B children’s playgrounds.
EVG correspondent Greg Masters shared these photos...
Per Greg: Contractors are installing fences cutting off access to the paths in the area, such as the entrance at Avenue B and Seventh Street, as well as the path around the Don Robert's Garden.
The contract is for one year, a worker on the scene told Greg, but the job could be completed earlier.
Previous District 2 City Council member Rosie Mendez had allocated capital funds to renovate the adjacent playgrounds along Seventh Street and Avenue B at the Park's southeast entrance.
According to the Parks Department website: "This project will reconstruct two playgrounds with new play equipment, safety surfacing, spray showers, seating and fencing.
And a schematic from the website...
The Parks Department was to supplement the funding with its Parks Without Borders initiative that would lower the fences from its present height of 7 feet to 4 feet, a move that stirred plenty of concern.
Parks Department Commissioner Mitchell Silver was reportedly going to make the final determination on the fence lowering. That was in March 2017. We'll try to find out what the final verdict was on the fence's height.
In an email, a Parks official said that the new fence height will be 4 feet.
Previously on EV Grieve:
Your chance to brainstorm ideas to renovate the Tompkins Square Park Playground (27 comments)
Reminders: Meeting on possible improvements to the Tompkins Square Park Playground
Join Rosie Mendez to discuss improvements to the Tompkins Square playgrounds tomorrow night
Community meeting set to discuss lowering the playground fences in Tompkins Square Park (28 comments)
Report: There's opposition to lowering the playground fences in Tompkins Square Park