The city’s Parks Department will kick off the first day of spring (which is tomorrow, believe it or not) by reopening five playgrounds— one in each borough— that have received a full renovation for a combined total of $23.9 million in capital investments.
Brownsville’s Hilltop Park, formerly known ad Saratoga Ballfields, benefitted from a $3 million revamp that resulted in new basketball courts and outdoor fitness equipment; the city fixed drainage issues at south Harlem’s MLK Park and fixed up two basketball courts as part of its $5.1 million upgrade; and Lyons Square in the Bronx now has ADA accessible equipment along with new bath as part of its $7.4 million renovation. In Queens, Grassmere Playground received $3.3 million worth cosmetic enhancements along with fitness equipment and Staten Island’s Arrorchar Playground has transformed an uninviting slab of asphalt into a true children’s playground.
The city will host ribbon-cutting ceremonies tomorrow at each of the parks to celebrate their spiffy new designs. Hopefully warm weather will follow so that community members can enjoy their neighborhood’s new additions.