Aug. 28, 2018 By Nathaly Pesantez
The McGolrick Park playground is expected to reopen around mid-September, according to the Parks Department.
The playground, within the roughly 9 acre park bordered by Monitor and Russell Streets, and Nassau and Driggs Avenues, has been closed off for reconstruction since September 2017 in a project that includes new play equipment, spray showers, benches, and plantings. The parks playground is also being repaved, and provided with new fencing.
Maeri Ferguson, a NYC Parks spokesperson, said the playground’s reconstruction is on schedule.
The cost of the revamp is upwards of $2.6 million, with more than $1 million in funding from Council Member Stephen Levin and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams.
Since the playground’s closing, an “Imaginary Playground” has been in place at the park, along with a pop-up play space, operated by the McGolrick Park Alliance.
While the playground will be outfitted with new play equipment, several lamented at the time of construction that the playground’s beloved whale will have to be removed as part of the project.
“There are legal issues with safety and when a playground is renovated, parks removes the cement animals,” the McGolrick Park Neighborhood Alliance wrote last year, adding, “Once the construction is over, maybe we can do something to make our playground have unique characteristics to our neighborhood.”
The capital project will soon be followed by reconstruction work to the park’s pathways, another project set to begin some time this fall.