2000-12-09 / Front Page

Parks Dept. To Stabile:

Parks Dept. To Stabile:

Playground Plans Shaping Up

By John C. McLoughlin

Officials from the New York City Parks Department recently informed Councilman Al Stabile that the design phase for the planned renovations to the playground along Shore Front parkway between Beach 73 and 74 streets has been completed. The project was funded out of Stabile’s Capital Budget at a cost of $538,000.

Among the improvements included in the project will be the reconstruction of the existing basketball court to include new mesh fencing, metal posts, drinking fountains and new asphalt. Additionally, the handball wall will be resurfaced where needed and repainted.

"The two-acres of parkland that this playground sits on will be completely refurbished for the enjoyment of everyone, especially those living in the towers across the street," Stabile said. "While plans were in the works to build the playground, the basketball and handball courts were included in the project in direct response to concerns expressed to my office from residents."

The playground section will include safety surfacing, bucket-seat children’s swings, plastic slides with roofs to provide shade, a water draining system, trees, shrubs, and animal artwork. Benches will be erected in the playground and the entire area will be completely fenced in to prevent children from wandering out into Shore Front parkway. New trash receptacles, a flagpole and park identification plaque are also included.

According to the Parks Department, construction on the project is expected to begin in June 2001.

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