Coleman Playground Slated for Improvements

Posted on: June 17th, 2011 at 10:09 am by

Nestled on the border between the Lower East Side and Chinatown, Coleman Playground is quite popular among local skateboarders from around the Five Boroughs.  Besides casual play, the skatepark also hosts a number of events throughout the year, most notably the annual Harold Hunter Day.  But now some changes are afoot down under the Manhattan Bridge.

This image has been archived or removed.

Last night was the Community Board 3 Parks and Recreation meeting to discuss plans for the site.  A non-profit design services firm called Architecture for Humanity and Nike have collectively conceived a proposal to redesign the beloved skatepark. These two organizations recently awarded Steve Rodriguez, a well-known skateboarding advocate and founder of 5boro skateboards, a GAMECHANGERS grant, which will help aid in the reconstruction of the park.

This image has been archived or removed.

GAMECHANGERS is a campaign to encourage community organizations to empower youth through sports by proposing programs that help spur social and economic development.

So popular is the GAMECHANGERS organization, that in 2009, proposals were received from countries as far away as Kenya and South Africa. Recent examples include the Skateistan Indoor Skate Facility in Kabul, Afghanistan and Carver High School in New Orleans. Preeti Sodhi, former CB3 Community Planning Fellow, is working with Architecture for Humanity on this project.

This image has been archived or removed.

Some proposed improvements to Coleman Playground include updated obstacles, repaving the asphalt, a fenced-off area with benches that are already in place, and possibly a multi-use park/dog run.

Written by Andrew Cohen

Recent Stories

New Condos Teased at 15-Story ‘One Essex Crossing’

Each month brings more significant updates for Essex Crossing. On the heels of the International Center of Photography launching its new flagship, the billion-dollar Lower East Side development this week rolled out more info about the CetraRuddy-designed condo tower at 202 Broome Street (aka Site 3). Dubbed One Essex Crossing, the fifteen-story newcomer features 83 […]

Broome Street Gets an Exclusive Nightclub by Omar Hernandez

Where Happy Ending once tormented this Broome Street block, and Better Days was anything but, something uber-upscale is now replacement. Perhaps even too upscale for its own good. By now you’ve probably seen the well-placed hype pieces about the newest nightclub at 302 Broome Street, led by nightlife impresario Omar Hernandez. He converted the space […]

Ten Injured, Including Firefighters, in Massive Mulberry Street Blaze Last Night [Updated]

The three-alarm blaze that engulfed 70 Mulberry Street last night spread quickly, destroying the upper levels of the historic Public School 23. The fire started shortly after 8:45pm on the fourth floor. Firefighters from Ladder 20 and police from the 5th Precinct were the first responders. More than two hundred fire personnel ultimately arrived to […]

3-Alarm Fire Engulfs PS 23 Building on Mulberry Street

Shortly before 9pm this evening, a three-alarm fire was sparked at 70 Mulberry Street (at Bayard). Within minutes, the historic building – erected in the nineteen century as Public School 23 – was in flames. More than one hundred firefighters were called to the scene to battle the blaze which is apparently confined to the […]

The Year of the Rat Scurries In

It’s the Year of the Rat! This week marks the 21st year of New York City’s Lunar New Year celebration, and no doubt the organizers are scurrying around in preparation for a veritable smorgasbord of festivities. As in years past, the festivities will kick off with the explosive Firecracker Ceremony Saturday morning at 11:00am (January 25) […]