$25 million granted for 13 parks

The Lower Manhattan Development Corp. announced last week it was granting the city $25 million to fix up 13 parks in Lower Manhattan and the Parks Dept. released a summary of the projects. Last week’s Downtown Express reported the impending announcement, although we did not mention that the Al Smith Playground was one of the parks. Below is the summary report:

Project - Description - Duration
1 East River Waterfront Spaces, Wall Street Triangle Transform a portion of the asphalt roadbed into a two-block linear park. Enhance with planting beds, flowering trees, an expanded sidewalk, fencing, contemporary street furnishings and new lighting.

2 East River Waterfront Spaces, Coenties Slip Create a permanent park from existing temporary public space in unused roadbed. Materials will be used that complement surrounding buildings; to include bluestone and granite paving, historic benches, flowering trees and planting beds.

3 Canal, Varick & Laight Street Create a new park at a major gateway to Lower Manhattan. The site, currently broken asphalt and cobbles, will be transformed with flowering trees, planting beds, benches, decorative paving and an ornamental fountain and fence.

4 Washington Market Park Reconstruct the heart of the park, known as the Central Lawn. The area, a major destination for local residents and visitors to the area, will receive new turf and an irrigation system.

5 Tribeca Park This neighborhood gathering area will be improved with expanded landscaping, pathway enhancements and improved seating.

6 East River Waterfront Space, Old Slip Refurbish the existing Old Slip public space with restored granite paving, granite curbs, granite bollards, additional park security lighting and improved landscaping including additional street trees.

7 Battery Bosque In partnership with the Battery Conservancy, create a major waterfront destination for downtown with an ornamental garden by renown designer Piet Oudolf. Phase II will expand the garden to Castle Clinton with additional custom design elements.

8 Brooklyn Bridge Plaza/Drumgoole In conjunction with DOT, remove cars and replace barriers with attractive bollards and create new court areas and sitting areas for local residents. Improve connections under Brooklyn Bridge to Chinatown. Enhance Drumgoole Plaza with additional plantings.

9 Bowling Green Park Refurbish America’s first park and Gateway to the Battery. The shattered bluestone sidewalk will be reconstructed, the landmark fence repaired and the park interior refurbished.

10 Al Smith Playground Enhance sport courts and connections between play areas. Rehabilitate comfort station, install new steel picket fencing and expand plantings.

11 Sara D. Roosevelt Park Reconstruct southern fields with synthetic turf. Construct new perimeter wall with restored historic fence. Sidewalk and landscaping enhancements. Reconstruct Hester Street Playground.

12 Columbus Park Reconstruct the areas surrounding the sports field and the pavilion with decorative pavements, benches, game and picnic tables, accessible drinking fountain, landscaping improvements, curbs, steel fencing and lighting. Reconstruct the historic pavilion.

13 East River Park Ballfields Reconstruct the four natural fields to address the needs of downtown’s schools and leagues.

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