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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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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!

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!

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.

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.

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.


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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