5 New and Improved NYC Parks For Spring

Written By Laura Schier | April 09, 2018 | Published in Neighborhood News, Urban Design
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To celebrate the first day of spring, the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation opened five parks Tuesday, March 20. Ribbon-cutting ceremonies were hosted by the parks department for all five parks, each of which is located in a different NYC borough. A total of $23.9 million was spent on the city’s park revamp project, and each of these parks has new landscaping, water spaces and play areas for children, and exercise areas for adults.

1. Arrochar Playground: Located on Staten Island on Sand Lane between Major and McFarland avenues is Arrochar Playground, a multipurpose play area which used to be cracked asphalt. The playground’s renovations, costing a total of $5.1 million, included updating all the playground equipment, existing bathrooms, and comfort station, as well as installing a new children’s water feature.

2. Grassmere Playground: Situated in the Wave Crest section of Queens between Grassmere Terrace and Briar Place, Grassmere Playground was revamped for $3.3 million. Renovations include a 100-meter track, a junior soccer field and basketball court, an outdoor classroom space, and adult fitness equipment. Children can enjoy playing on two new playgrounds (for the age groups of 2-to-5 and 5-to-12 years old), walking through an educational wooded trail, and using the park’s new water feature.

3. Hilltop Park: Formerly known as Saratoga Ballfields, Hilltop Park is located in Brooklyn on Thomas S. Boyland Street between Pacific and Dean Streets. The park’s revamp, costing a total of $3 million, included new landscaping and security lighting, as well as renovations of its full- and half-court basketball courts, which now feature netted hoops and Lexan backboards. New amenities include a multipurpose playfield made of synthetic turf, an interactive spray shower designed for children, outdoor fitness equipment, and a walking track.

4. Lyons Square: This park, located on Aldus Street between Bryant and Longfellow avenues in the Bronx, was renovated for $7.4 million. The park’s upgrades include new ADA accessible playground equipment, new bathrooms, basketball courts, a children’s spray shower, fitness equipment, and ping pong tables.

5. Martin Luther King Jr. Park: Renovations for MLK Park, located in south Harlem, Manhattan on Lenox Avenue between West 113th and West 114th Streets, cost $5.1 million. The updated park is complete with various play areas for all age groups, as well as an outdoor gym with adult fitness equipment, two full-size basketball courts, and a synthetic turf area. Additionally, the city installed permeable pavements and planting beds with various greenery such as shrubs and trees to address the park’s previous drainage issues.

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