LES Parks Update: Henry M. Jackson Opens, Sol Lain Playground Still Months Away

Posted on: July 24th, 2017 at 9:38 am by

Out on the “bulge” of the Lower East Side, two parks within spitting distance of one another are currently undergoing multimillion-dollar upgrades. The Henry M. Jackson and Sol Lain Playgrounds closed back in August 2016 when the official ground-break commenced in front of the media camera. Both reconstruction projects – roughly on the same trajectory – are reportedly the first in Manhattan under the city’s $130 million Community Parks Initiative that aims to upgrade pocket parks in low-income neighborhoods.

Henry M. Jackson Playground just reopened over July 4 weekend with three new basketball courts of varying sizes, resurfaced handball courts, and a zone that allows for volleyball court and mini-running track. The more official debut is actually this Wednesday with a media-friendly ribbon cutting ceremony.

Sol Lain Playground

The $3.1 million reconstruction of Sol Lain Playground, meanwhile, won’t wrap for another few months (likely October 2017). New infrastructure planned here includes updated play equipment, spray shower, basketball court, multi-purpose play area, benches, fences, drainage, water supply, security lighting, sports lighting, and landscaping. The comfort station is also getting a tune-up.

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