Updated: Readers report the gates were locked as early as 1 p.m.
The reconstruction of Joseph C. Sauer Park is complete here on 12th Street between Avenue A and Avenue B... and the Park officially reopened today. (Thanks to Choresh Wald for the photo!)
Work appeared to have been completed several days ago, but the space remained locked, prompting questions from community members eager to have access to the Park during the pandemic.
Local Assembly Member Harvey Epstein shared the reopening news yesterday ...
Good News: The Sauer Park project on East 12th Street between Avenues A & B has been completed, and the park will be reopened tomorrow – a Christmas present to the community!— Harvey Epstein 哈維 D. 艾普斯汀(男) (@HarveyforNY) December 24, 2020
The $4 million renovation — part of Mayor de Blasio’s Community Parks Initiative — originally had a completion date of October 2020, though that was later changed to this month, per the Park's website. The links below provide more history of the project.