Friday, December 11, 2009
"Love it", "awesome", and "fantastic" were typical of the reviews from the few parents braving the arctic cold today at Union Square Park's new 15,000 square foot playground. I totally agree. The playground, which triples the size of the old one, is modern, unique, and attractive. Divided into three sections and intended for ages 1-12, the playground has rugged rock features, the dangerous looking metal orb dubbed "magic mountain", swings, sandbox, jungle gym, and a wide range of things that spin and would make your average adult more tipsy than a dozen $7 warm Coronas that were served up there during a previous incarnation. An email response from Jennifer Falk, Executive Director of the Union Square Partnership, indicates that it's not just the parents and kids in the area that are excited.
"We could not be more thrilled that Union Square Park's expanded play space is finally open," said Jennifer Falk. "The kids who have visited the new playground have given the space a huge thumbs up, and the feedback from parents and caregivers has been overwhelmingly positive, which is truly gratifying. We hope that this new amenity will provide endless hours of enjoyment to all that visit for many, many years to come, and can't wait for spring when the water features, including spray shower and sandbox water table, can be activated."
It was a long time coming, but this feature of Union Square Park has turned out to be worth the wait. The Park renovation is now 92% complete. Last up, the nearly finished bathrooms and finishing touches to the pavilion.