Greenwood playground gets million-dollar facelift

The city will spend $1.3 million to turn a rundown South Park Slope playground into a shiny and modern kiddie destination.

The renovation is part of a long-anticipated plan to improve a well-used cement space on Sixth Avenue between 18th and 19th streets at the request of child-centric neighbors.

“More and more young families are moving here — so folks are excited,” said Aaron Brashear of Concerned residents of Greenwood Heights.

The city will tear out the rusty old monkey bars and worn out slides for a complete renovation that includes a sleek new jungle gym, a special toddler play area, and tire swings.

The playground, dubbed Slope Park, will also boast a deck with tables for parents to enjoy, spray showers for hot days, and plenty of new trees, according to Parks Department spokeswoman Meghan Lalor.

Councilwoman Sara Gonzalez (D–Sunset Park) allocated public money for the construction, which will begin in April and last about a year.

In the meantime, some park-goers say they’ll migrate to J.J. Byrne Park, which is 15 blocks away and is no stranger to renovations itself.

“It’s worth the wait,” Brashear said.

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