Hester Street Playground Update

Posted on: February 2nd, 2010 at 6:19 am by

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In the eight-month eternity since work first began on a new Hester Street Playground, this section of Sara D. Roosevelt Park has been through some hell.  The big CATS and their earth-moving friends were brought in and summarily surrounded by chain-link fences.  And then came the destruction of the kitchy plaza seating and uprooting of trees.

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But now the area is no longer a rat-infested field of mud and rubble; it has somewhat of an identity with a central pathway taking shape.

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In addition to new play equipment, the project will provide new shrubs and trees for much-needed greenery and public bathrooms in the current park house.  According to NYC.gov:

The new playground will provide a safe, clean and exciting new play space for children in Chinatown and the Lower East Side. It will include accessible play equipment, a spray shower, benches, drinking fountains and lighting. The plaza area will be reconstructed and include new paving, seating and tables. Trees, shrubs and mixed plants will be included, and public restrooms will be constructed within the existing park building.

Tentative completion date is set for summer 2010.

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