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Sunday, September 11, 2011

Park Renovation Begins

The New York City Department of Parks and Recreation will begin its renovation of Bennett Park tomorrow, September 12, 2011.  Here are some excerpts from the Northern Manhattan Parks Administrator's recent announcement.

Borough President Stringer and Councilmember Jackson each allocated City Capital Funds to execute a $1.6 Million Phase I of the plan for the park, which will be going into construction on September 12, 2011 and consist of:

-Improved delineation of the historic fort outline and interpretation of the site's historic significance in the Revolutionary War, including a cannon replica
-Improved access for all ages/abilities to the historical marker of Manhattan's highest point
-improved access to the rock outcropping so it can be more readily used as a play feature/gathering space
-Reconstructed plaza around the flagpole with more sustainable materials for gathering.
-Reconfigured and reconstructed lawn panels that will be ADA and stroller accessible
-A new park entrance on Pinehurst Avenue
-A reconstructed southern plaza that is more conducive to ballplaying and bike riding but flexible enough to be used for concerts, performances, festivals
-New seating and tables
-Unified fencing
-A new spray shower between the two existing playground sections

Phase 2 (yet to be funded), will consist of a new high performance and ADA accessible parkhouse/restroom building and an expanded and upgraded playground with better sightlines between the two age group areas, and a new children's garden area.

For periodic updates, volunteer opportunities and events, log on to where you can also see a map of the $150 Million in capital projects recently completed or underway in Washington Heights and Inwood as well as the Conceptual Master Plan developed for all of uptown's parks in conjunction with community residents, neighborhood organizations and the Community Board.

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