The $6.4M Redesigned Seward Park Reopens Next Week

Posted on: December 2nd, 2019 at 5:09 am by

Years of planning, politicking, and fundraising culminates later this month in the opening of the redesigned Seward Park.

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.

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.

The official ribbon-cutting photo-op is slated for December 12.

In the meantime, here are some quick hits about the remodeling of Seward Park:

  • The Seward Park Library plaza space (decommissioned part of Jefferson Street) replaced with surfacing in the “academic paving pattern” seen in places like the Columbia University; refreshed garden area, tables, lawn, and small amphitheater.
  • Schiff Mall – where the dry fountain sits – to receive new “blue stone” pavers. (The fountain itself is not part of the upgrade slate.)
  • New plantings along the perimeters.
  • Outdoor exercise area by the remodeled basketball courts.

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