We imagine the cheers of youngsters city-wide could be heard today as Evelyn’s Playground reopened in Union Square Park. Hooray!
As reported in an earlier post, since opening in December 2009, Evelyn’s Playground has experienced a ton of wear and tear, ranging from thrilling games of hide + seek, the harsh New York City winter (hello, Polar Vortex!), to perhaps one of the most damaging of all things: punctures caused by high heels. (Going forward, we ask parents and caregivers to wear soft soled shoes or remove high heels before entering the playground in order to avoid damaging the new safety surface in future.)
Work to install the new safety surface was completed ahead of schedule, and the playground reopened Friday morning to the delight of neighborhood children. In addition to the safety surface replacement, crews spruced up the landscaping and added fresh new sand the tot lot’s sandbox.
Many thanks to our partners at NYC Parks including project manager Brad Romaker, Nam Yoon, Elliott Sykes, Barbara Vaccaro, Timothy Birch Day, Danny Hernandez, Walter Marin, and Omesh Harnarain, as well as Donnie Campbell from our team, for your collective contributions to get the job done.
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.