Luther Gulick Playground Rehabilitation Officially Breaks Ground

Posted on: March 27th, 2019 at 5:00 am by

Photo: Friends of Luther Gulick Playground

For Luther Gulick Playground, the unimaginable is now happening. Rehabilitation is nigh.

What was to begin last fall, officially kickstarted yesterday with the obligatory groundbreaking ceremony. The usual train of Parks Department officials and politicians were in attendance – Margaret Chin, Rosie Mendez, and representatives from the offices of Nydia Velazquez, Scott Stringer, and Brian Kavanagh.

The goal of rebuilding this local green space is over a decade in the making, and raison d’être of the ten-year-old Friends of Gulick Playground. Expect to see updated elements like new basketball courts, table tennis, and fitness areas, a fully reconstructed playground, picnic area, and a fitness space with outdoor exercise equipment for adults.

Construction should conclude in September 2020.

The comfort station, meanwhile, had been under construction for over a year, but falls under the purview of Department of Buildings.

Photo: Parks Department

Capital funding for this project comes from a variety of city agencies. Of the $9 million sum raised (back in 2014), the $7 million collected from the Manhattan Borough President, state Department of Transportation, City Council, then-Senator Daniel Squadron, and then-Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver goes toward restoration of the park itself. Mayor de Blasio had also allocated an additional $2 million for the new bathrooms.

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