Sections

Sunset Playground reopens after renovation, expansion

Grand opening: Councilman Carlos Menchaca and Borough Parks Commissioner Martin Maher lead the ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Brooklyn Paper
Share on TwitterTweet
Share on Facebook
Subscribe

Get our stories in your inbox, free.

Like Brooklyn Paper on Facebook.

It was a bright day for the green space!

Sunset Park residents cheered the Aug. 17 re-opening of their nabe’s new-and-improved Sunset Playground, which gives local children and their parents a larger, safer, and more accessible place to gather, according to residents.

“Our community has precious few parks, and because of that, we need to make sure the parks that we do have are modern, safe, and available to everybody in the community,” said Community Board 7 district manager Jeremy Laufer. “Particularly in this case, since the playground was enlarged, it allows more kids to use the facility at the same time.”

Local officials — including Councilman Carlos Menchaca (D–Sunset Park), who helped fund the $3.22-million renovation along with Mayor DeBlasio — gathered with area activists and neighbors to cut the ribbon to open the park after nearly 17 months of renovations.

After the grown-ups had their fun, kids climbed, swung, and tumbled all over the new equipment, which includes slides, swings, rope climbers, a sandbox area, and a spray shower.

Another Sunset Park resident whose son enjoyed zooming down the new slide on opening day said that before the renovations, the dilapidated recreation zone wasn’t fit for the community’s kids.

“It was filthy, it was old, it was broken down,” said Johanna Bjorken, mother of tot Sebastian Bjorken. “There wasn’t really much to engage younger kids, and they were constantly getting trampled by bigger kids.”

Laufer said the old playground not only needed the equipment upgrades and safety improvements, but also an expansion to accommodate the growing local population.

“It was quite frankly too small for the needs of this community,” he said.

Newly installed drinking fountains, fencing, and security lighting will make visits to the space easier on parents, while updated landscaping — including shade trees — will make sweltering days more bearable. Patrons of all ages can also take advantage of the public wifi installed throughout the park last month.

The renovated playground is the first of many improvements set for the neighborhood’s eponymous meadow over the next two years, which include updates to a separate children’s spray fountain on the opposite side of the park, according to Laufer.

In addition, the recreation center, adult fitness area, benches, and fencing will also see upgrades, and the paths will be repaved, he said.

Reach reporter Julianne McShane at (718) 260–2523 or by e-mail at jmcshane@cnglocal.com. Follow her on Twitter @juliannemcshane.
Updated 3:45 pm, August 23, 2017
Today’s news:
Share on TwitterTweet
Share on Facebook
Subscribe

Get our stories in your inbox, free.

Like Brooklyn Paper on Facebook.

Reasonable discourse

Pootie from Sunset Park says:
This will do nothing to stem mass flight of people from Sunset Park to Staten Island. When will the politicians WAKE UP and do something about that???!!
Aug. 22, 2017, 6:58 am
TOM from Sunset Park says:
The Robert Moses-built playground was good in its time. It lasted five decades. It was replaced by a playground that lasted only 25 years. How long is this one good for?
Aug. 23, 2017, 8:21 pm
Cocuitá Hondurez from Sunset Park says:
Why aren't there iPads in this "playground"?!?! The children don't want slides - they want iPads!!!
Aug. 24, 2017, 3:44 am

Enter your comment below

By submitting this comment, you agree to the following terms:

You agree that you, and not BrooklynPaper.com or its affiliates, are fully responsible for the content that you post. You agree not to post any abusive, obscene, vulgar, slanderous, hateful, threatening or sexually-oriented material or any material that may violate applicable law; doing so may lead to the removal of your post and to your being permanently banned from posting to the site. You grant to BrooklynPaper.com the royalty-free, irrevocable, perpetual and fully sublicensable license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, perform and display such content in whole or in part world-wide and to incorporate it in other works in any form, media or technology now known or later developed.

First name
Last name
Your neighborhood
Email address
Daytime phone

Your letter must be signed and include all of the information requested above. (Only your name and neighborhood are published with the letter.) Letters should be as brief as possible; while they may discuss any topic of interest to our readers, priority will be given to letters that relate to stories covered by The Brooklyn Paper.

Letters will be edited at the sole discretion of the editor, may be published in whole or part in any media, and upon publication become the property of The Brooklyn Paper. The earlier in the week you send your letter, the better.

Don’t miss out!

Stay in touch with the stories people are talking about in your neighborhood:

Optional: Help us tailor our newsletters to you!