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A fresh look for Asser Levy Park: Officials unveil new playground, amenities inside Coney meadow - Brooklyn Paper

A fresh look for Asser Levy Park: Officials unveil new playground, amenities inside Coney meadow

A place to play: Local pols and officials gathered at Asser Levy Park to unveil the newly-reconstructed playground.
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They’re in love with this park!

Local pols and officials celebrated Valentine’s Day by unveiling a $4.75-million renovation of a beloved Coney Island green space.

The upgrades to Asser Levy Park, on W. Fifth Street between Surf and Sea Breeze avenues, will ensure that Southern Brooklynites can enjoy the meadow for decades to come, according to the city’s chief green thumb.

“The park is one of the hidden gems of Coney Island, and thanks to these improvements, it has been renewed for generations to come,” said Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver.

Councilman Chaim Deutsch (D–Sheepshead Bay), Assemblywoman Mathylde Frontus (D–Coney Island), and Councilman Barry Grodenchik (D–Queens) — the chairmain of Council’s Parks Committee — joined Silver to cut the ribbon and reopen the park’s refreshed playground, which includes two separate play areas and swing sets, with one section boasting equipment for 2- to 5-year-olds, and the other reserved for 5- to 12-year-olds.

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Other upgrades include a new spray shower, and more benches, pathways, and adult and tot-sized tables inside the park.

Deutsch and Mayor DeBlasio funded the overhaul, which Department of Parks and Recreation honchos began designing back in 2015. The years-long project to spruce up the park was worth every minute of effort, according to the councilman.

“Today’s ribbon cutting was the culmination of years of working to improve Asser Levy Park for our community,” said Deutsch.

And more changes at Asser Levy are still to come — later this year, workers will begin constructing an adult-fitness area in the park, which Deutsch also funded, according to information from the Parks Department.

The agency is also still deciding whether to allow a lone food truck to hawk grub outside the meadow, an idea some locals panned, claiming the mobile eatery would hurt commerce in the area by discouraging patronage of other restaurants in Sodom by the Sea.

Fun times: Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver took a ride down the slide at the unveiling of the new playground at Asser Levy Park.
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