Coleman Playground Gets Upgrades Ahead of East River Park Closure
Coleman Playground, in the shadow of the Manhattan Bridge, is another of the parks along the Lower East Side coastline receiving upgrades due to the city’s billion-dollar resiliency project. As a result, East River Park will close for at least 3.5 years.
The displaced open area is being redistributed to these other parks, with an additional cash injection of $28 million. That sum is earmarked for a variety of improvements, including turf fields, updated courts and jungle gyms, and planting of roughly 1,000 new trees.
Progress is already palpable at Coleman, where “sports coating” was painted on the ground near the spray shower, new picnic tables added, and fencework removed. Other changes on the way include repainting the comfort station, play equipment, benches, walls, and railings; fixing sidewalks, and planting trees.
There are also rumors going around that the skatepark itself will get the turf treatment, much like the haven in Tompkins Square Park. However, this appears to be just chatter. A Parks Department spokesperson confirmed that no plans are in the works to bulldoze the skate area.