December 16, 2021

New York Times: A playground for Battery Park…

It’s shaping up as an important day for two parks. Battery Park in Lower Manhattan will celebrate its new “playscape” — a playground three times the size of the one that was destroyed by Hurricane Sandy in 2012. And Prospect Park in Brooklyn will announce that the city is allocating $40 million to restore an area named by a long-ago mayor’s wife.

The $18.3 million Battery Park project replaces a playground from the 1950s. “It was unimaginative,” said Warrie Price, the president of the Battery Conservancy, the nonprofit group whose mission is to reinvigorate the Battery. “When I started to reach out to families to say what did they want in a new playground, they said, ‘We know how terrible this one was, but it had a lot of space to run and be totally safe.’ So many places are chockablock with equipment. They said keep the circulation. We’ve done that.”

The new playground also has a improv and puppet theater, which Ms. Price said was the first at a playground in New York City. The project was designed by BKSK Architects and Starr Whitehouse Landscape Architects and Planners.

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