Repairs at the recently refurbished Tompkins Square Park playground at Seventh Street and Avenue B are underway this morning.
An EVG tipster spotted a Parks Department vehicle and several workers on the scene... it appeared they were focused on a broken swing seat...
We've heard from several concerned parents in recent days about the equipment breaking down less than 10 days after the refurbished playgrounds debuted on Oct. 4.
As one parent noted: "One of the tethered swing seats has already come undone and is swinging freely and dangerously due to a bent bracket and missing locknut." On Sunday, the parent asked an NYPD officer who was in the Park for crime-scene tape to prevent anyone from using the broken swing.
The upgrades, which took 12 months to complete, included the reconstruction of two playgrounds with new safety surfacing, spray showers, seating and fencing. According to the Parks Department website, funding for the reconstruction cost $2.57 million.
And some reaction to what has transpired in the new playgrounds...
We're glad for these upgrades, but @NYCParks needs better accountability when it comes to quality control. Our office has asked for fixes, but also answers to what happened to this playground equipment. https://t.co/FtNXezv8tg— Carlina Rivera 利華娜 (@CarlinaRivera) October 17, 2019
Previously on EV Grieve:
Reader report: New playground equipment already falling apart in Tompkins Square Park