Reconstruction of DeSalvio Playground Finally Moves Forward

Posted on: July 20th, 2017 at 5:07 am by

DeSalvio Playground at Spring and Mulberry Streets in Little Italy is off-limits for the foreseeable future. The park is finally undergoing its long-awaited reconstruction.

Parks Department workers dismantled the playground yesterday and the space is now another neighborhood construction zone. The $1.9 million project, which received funding from the City Council and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, has a 12-month timetable for completion. Given the history here, though, that seems like an overzealous projection. (Funding was actually secured back in 2013.)

The most recent target start had been earlier this spring (March), likely delayed again due to the new luxury development on its backside – 75 Kenmare. Parks Department previously mentioned that the foundation work needed to finish up before the playground could receive attention. That time is apparently now.

The grassroots push to upgrade DeSalvio Playground is over a decade in the making. Local organizations Bowery Babes, Friends of DeSalvio Playground, the Partnership for Parks, and the Citizens Committee of NYC have advocated for renovation since 2006.

$1.9 million Funding Allocation Breakdown by Fiscal Year:
FY2012 – $550,000 City Council Member Margaret Chin
FY2013 – $70,000 City Council Member Margaret Chin
FY2013 – $375,000 Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer
FY2014 – $600,000 Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer
FY2014 – $305,000 City Council Speaker Christine Quinn

Below is an image of the park from summer 2008 with the long-gone “Play” mural.

August 2008

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