What’s Happening Here? Evelyn’s Playground Getting New Safety Surface

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You may have noticed that Evelyn’s Playground in Union Square Park is having a little work done this month. The City’s Department of Parks & Recreation has closed the playground for 2-3 weeks starting Monday, April 21, 2014 for the installation of a new safety surface. It’s hard to believe that Evelyn’s Playground opened almost five years ago in December 2009 and that the rubber safety surface that cushions tiny tumblers needs to be replaced but as one of New York’s premier play spaces, Evelyn’s Playground is one of the City’s most trafficked playgrounds.

The Parks Department expects to reopen the second week of May 2014. If you have any questions or concerns about work being done on site, please call 3-1-1. This project is made possible through a generous donation made by the Union Square Partnership, which also funded the original design and construction of the playground as part of The North End Project.

About Evelyn’s Playground:
The 15,000-square-foot Evelyn’s Playground in Union Square Park opened in December 2009 to excited children and their parents. The redesign of the playground was part of the North End Project, replacing two smaller playgrounds and tripling the space, creating a single, continuous playground. The play space consists of three outdoor “rooms” dedicated to children of different age groups, and features state-of-the-art play equipment as well as beautifully landscaped gardens designed by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates. The playground was named after Evelyn Strouse, a Union Square community member and park advocate who worked tirelessly on the project to ensure the best play space for children.

Often cited as one of NYC’s best playgrounds, unique features of Evelyn’s Playground include the SofSurfaces rubber tiles, which cushion tiny tumbles, the iconic climbing and sliding dome, and a one-of-a-kind tube slide sending little ones on an adventure through landscaped passageways on their way to slide. Playground hours are year-round from 8 AM – Dusk.