Almost three years ago, in the summer of 2014, the City Council allocated $600,000 to resurface the basketball courts at Seward Park. Earlier this month, a Parks Department official told members of Community Board 3 the project was finally about to begin. Steve Simon, Manhattan borough chief of staff for the department, said construction was scheduled to start Monday, Feb. 27. As you can see from this photo taken today, work has definitely not started.
The money was awarded by local City Council member Margaret Chin. Back in November, she wrote a letter to Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver, complaining about the delays in starting the project and other projects in her district.
When contractors finally complete the job, there will be better drainage on the basketball courts. There will be one full-size court, two half courts and intermediate court and a low hoop for children. Simon said the resurfacing will take about three months.