Good Morning!

Hester Street Playground.

Mostly sunny today with a high of 44. Almost exactly the same deal on Saturday and Sunday. No rain in the forecast!

In Celebration of a Playground, and Community Engagement

On Thursday, we posted a photo from the ribbon cutting at the Hester Street Playground, which has just undergone a nearly $5 million transformation. But this weekend we wanted to return to the subject for a few reasons.

For starters, several of the participants noted, in casual conversation, that it was nice to have something to celebrate. In this season of budget cuts and protests, community activists and city officials came together for an uplifting event. For an hour, at least,  everyone was able to appreciate what Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe called a “textbook example of cooperation.”

Hester Street Playground Officially Open

We were over at Sara D. Roosevelt Park this morning for an uplifting event: the ribbon cutting for the new Hester Street Playground. We’ll have more on the festivities later…

Hester Street Playground Nearly Finished

The Parks Department has been working to transform the Hester Street Playground in Sara D. Roosevelt Park for nearly a year. As you can see from the photo above, they’re almost done with the $5 million project. We’re told a the playground will be officially opened in about a month. Community groups played an active role in the design concept.