Friday, August 23, 2019
Nearly 11 months in, Tompkins Square Park playground rehab winding down
Crews are apparently wrapping up the renovations at the Tompkins Square Park Avenue B children’s playgrounds.
The work started last Oct. 1 on the southeast portion of the Park, which saw the closure of the entrances on Seventh Street at Avenue B and Eighth Street at Avenue B.
Here's a look at the revamped playground area from Monday...
A worker told EVG correspondent Steven yesterday that the heavy-duty construction fences should be taken down in about a week — following an inspection of the new playground equipment. The Parks Department website lists this project at 94 percent complete, with a September 2019 reopening date.
The upgrades have included the reconstruction of two playgrounds with new safety surfacing, spray showers, seating and fencing. A schematic from the Parks website offers more detail...
The Parks Department is supplementing the project's funding with its Parks Without Borders initiative that will lower the fences from its present height of 7 feet to 4 feet, a move that stirred plenty of concern in early 2017.
Parks officials believe the shorter fences make the play areas safer — "lowering barriers that block sight lines discourages negative behavior while at the same time making the green space more open and aesthetically pleasing," as DNAinfo reported at the time.
Speaking of shorter fences, Steven took these photos on Wednesday...
This renovation project had been in the making three-plus years at the start of the construction.
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
Playground renovations underway in Tompkins Square Park