Youngsters and local elected officials this month helped snip the ribbon to celebrate a new-and-improved McGolrick Playground in Greenpoint’s McGolrick Park — the perfect spot for tots to run free or to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy a good book, said a neighborhood pol.
“McGolrick Park is one North Brooklyn’s shining stars. It truly is a very unique park. It provides a home to many birds, book readers, dogs, and picnickers,” said Assemblyman Joseph Lentol, who was joined by the Parks Department’s Brooklyn Borough Commissioner Martin Maher, Greenpoint Councilman Stephen Levin, members of Community Board 1, students and staff from nearby PS 110, the North Brooklyn Parks Alliance, and the McGolrick Park Neighborhood Alliance. “Now the playground is back and
better than ever.”
The Parks Department last month wrapped its $2.9-million renovation of the playground inside the larger green space, Msgr. McGolrick Park.
Workers gave the playground’s two separate play areas, one for 2- to 5-year-olds and another for 5- to 12-year-olds, a complete facelift, so both boast new safety surfaces, swings, and a spray shower — and the neighborhood’s smallest tots can now swing and cool off at the same time in a combined spray shower and swing set.
The space also features new cafe tables and seating, and gated entryways throughout the playground as part of the project funded by Mayor DeBlasio, Borough President Adams, and Levin.
McGolrick Park (Russell Street and Nassau Avenue).
— Julianne Cuba