The following is a press release from the office of City Councilman David Greenfield:
Greenfield Unveils Design for
Boro Park’s Newest Playground
Includes Area Designed Specifically for Wheelchair Bound Children
Brooklyn, NY – Councilman David Greenfield and the New York City Parks Department unveiled the design for the neighborhood’s newest playground, which will be located in the large rear yard of PS 192 at 18th Avenue and 47th Street in Borough Park. The public playground, funded by Greenfield (D-Brooklyn), is moving forward with construction expected to begin later this year. Once complete, the playground will include several play areas appropriate for all ages and abilities, new fitness equipment, a synthetic turf field and one play area specifically designed to accommodate children in wheelchairs. Greenfield contributed $1,200,000 over the past two years to fund this project in collaboration with New York City’s Schoolyards to Playgrounds initiative.
“I eagerly look forward to the opening of this new playground, which is part of my effort to ensure that all residents have access to recreation areas. I’m particularly excited that this project will feature equipment suitable for all children, including those who are wheelchair bound, which is something that is sorely lacking in the area. This project will benefit Borough Park and Midwood families for decades to come and represents a great investment in our community. I thank the Parks Department, Community Board 12 and leadership of PS 192 for working with me on a design that maximizes a rare parcel of open space in the community,” said Greenfield.
The schematic design work is already complete for the PS 192 playground project and construction is expected to begin this fall. Once complete, this totally new playground and park will serve residents living near the schoolyard at 47th Street and 18th Avenue, a section of Borough Park currently underserved by recreation options. Students at PS 192 will be able to use the park during school hours, and the community will have complete access to it during non-school hours – after 3 p.m. on weekdays and all day on weekends.
Since taking office, Greenfield has made improving the district’s parks a priority, with work also planned or already underway at Gravesend Park on 18th Avenue, Colonel David Marcus Playground on Avenue P, Friend’s Field on Avenue L and the Ocean Parkway Malls. Greenfield’s initiative is especially important within the neighborhoods of Community District 12, which was Brooklyn’s top area in terms of percentage growth of the under-18 population, according to the last Census Bureau count. Of all city neighborhoods with at least 100,000 people, Borough Park was the only one to see growth, according to the census.
In all, Greenfield has contributed nearly $7.5 million in direct funding to local parks since he took office less than two years ago. “Through my partnership with the Parks Department, I intend to make sure that Borough Park lives up to its name and has enough green space to accommodate our rapidly growing population. This new playground will mark an important step towards reaching that goal,” concluded Greenfield.
City Councilman David G. Greenfield represents Council District 44, which includes Borough Park, as well as parts of Midwood and Bensonhurst.