Remodeled Seward Park Reopens to the Public
The remodeled Seward Park is now open to the public.
Completed in just about six months, this $6.4 million capital works project refreshed many of the deteriorating conditions of the park. And in arguably record timing.
Improvements include new park furnishings, equipment, expanded garden area, and renovated library plaza.
Yet probably the most significant change is the lowered height of the perimeter fence from seven to four feet. This change was quite polarizing when heard before Community Board 3 back in 2017, during which some felt that loitering would increase since the area tends to get pretty dicey at nightfall. All entrances are open during park hours, but gates locked at night.
Official fete is this Thursday (December 12) with the obligatory ribbon cutting ceremony, as noted.
As previously reported, the Seward Park Conservancy fought the last several years for funding to upgrade the 3.4-acre green space, the first municipal playground in the United States. The monetary boost came as part of the “Parks Without Borders” program to reinvigorate the century-old parkland.