Playgrounds

The nonprofit that built PortSide Park was told on Friday to cease and desist, or get booted off the pier entirely. By Monday, the community space was gone.
Housing officials are consulting the experts in city green space to tackle longstanding problems at some crumbling play spaces.
On the campaign trail last summer, Eric Adams decried the condition of public housing playgrounds highlighted by THE CITY. As mayor, however, the number of closed playgrounds has actually gone up.
The mayor vowed to overhaul nearly 90 shuttered play spaces at public housing developments after THE CITY revealed dire conditions. But the $7 million he’s earmarked won’t come close to covering the major job ahead.
“We need these playgrounds fixed,” he said after THE CITY reported more than one in 10 NYCHA playgrounds are shuttered because of unsafe conditions. Mayoral candidate Eric Adams called for swift repairs. But residents remained skeptical.
More than one of 10 NYCHA playgrounds is closed, while others are in dire need of fixes. One national expert shown pictures of some battered structures by THE CITY said the equipment should be buried at sea.
Despite playgrounds being out of use for months, the New York City Housing Authority has made minimal progress on fixes desperately needed even before the coronavirus struck.
At least 22 public housing playgrounds are slated for an overhaul, but the Housing Authority has given little sign of when the work will be completed.
City Comptroller Scott Stringer demanded the city’s Housing Authority inspect its nearly 800 playgrounds, following a report by THE CITY.
Workers shirked monthly reports, despite promise after Comptroller’s Office audit last year. Quick changes were vowed after inquiries by THE CITY.
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