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Playground at the Corner of 35th Avenue and Steinway Reopens After $3 Million Revamp

Playground 35 (Google: Dec. 2017)

Feb. 26, 2020 By Kristen Torres

Playground Thirty Five, located on the corner of 35th Avenue and Steinway Street, has reopened following a $3 million renovation.

The playground was closed for nearly two years as crews worked to install new playground equipment, a spray shower area, planting beds, lighting and fencing, according to the Parks Department.

Construction began in May 2018 and was completed on Feb. 20—nearly nine months behind schedule.

A Parks Dept. spokesperson said the delay in construction was due to difficulty working with the area’s storm drain infrastructure.

The revamp was part of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s $318 million Community Parks Initiative. The initiative focuses on reconstructing smaller parks and playgrounds in lower income areas. Each park must have had less than $250,000 spent on improvements over the past 20 years to qualify.

Construction on 47 out of the 67 parks funded under the initiative is now complete.

(NYC Parks)

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Anonymous

Imagine trusting government with running more things for us Americans? Taxes will need to go up every year until there’s nothing left to tax. NEVER SOCIALISM!

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New Fork

China is building hospitals overnight and we build a children playground in two years at a cost of three million dollars.. The whole world must be laughing at us!

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mps/your neighbor

Yeah, two years. Are you kidding me? No wonder all my bills are going up ! 33% “Con” Ed rate hike, value of my home fell by 10% but property taxes went up by over$ 400 yearly.

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B Alger

If that is what 3 million gets then I think it is a waste of money. I guess it’s better than nothing! There is nothing special about this play area.

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NYC so expensive

Three million seems like a lot of money! I would like to see these publicly funded projects with receipts to see how much costs really break down.

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jenastoriat

There is a lot of work that goes unseen, like correcting drainage problems, installing electrical, and creating foundations. This one seems to had some kind of delay though. Wonder what that was about.

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