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.