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It might just be the coolest place to bring your kids for free.

Guests at a sneak preview of Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 6 on Saturday hailed an expansive playground — including a water park, giant sandbox and swings galore — as living up to the hype.

“I think it’s gonna be great,” said Cobble Hill resident Alex Golden as she toured the 1.6-acre playground. “I’m just excited to finally have a green space near me. When we do have kids, it’ll be perfect.”

The pier will open in June and offer a maze of different play areas for children among trees and tall grass. But later this summer, the real all-ages fun begins: a dog run, three sand volleyball courts, a restaurant with roof access, and even a plant marsh will join the mix.

But even with the pier still under construction, parents agreed that developers have lived up to their promise of a better playground, after they admitted “mistakes” in the planning of Pier 1’s kiddy park — mistakes that led to a few minor injuries.

“I love that the play area is split up in different areas — it won’t be so crowded and there’s a lot to do,” said Savita Lepore, who brought her three children on the tour.

The sneak-peek revealed many fun elements:

• At “Slide Mountain” near the entrance, large spheres and ropes make for some expert jungle gyms, and long slides careen through rock formations.

• Multiple grass-lined pathways bring you to “Swing Valley,” where there are several shaded nooks with swings for different experience levels.

• Then there’s “Sandbox Village” and a water park, where kids were dropping their jaws or an epic sandbox and kiddy river.

If that’s not enough, a restaurant is nearing completion. Developers said there are also plans to add a water taxi port and “Picnic Peninsula” near the park entrance.

Updated 5:42 pm, May 19, 2010
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Reasonable discourse

Terri from The Heights says:
How soon do Bloomberg's condos start getting built? Or is One Brooklyn Bridge Park going to be enough to finance the maintenance?
May 18, 2010, 6:11 pm
Anna from Boerum Hill says:
Hope "Slide Mountain" is made of something that won't get really hot. It. Looks like metal. Anyone know?
May 18, 2010, 6:59 pm

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