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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Bennett Park, Phase 1 Done

The NYC Parks Department has finished phase 1 of the renovation of Bennett Park at Fort Washington Avenue and 183rd Street.  The interior of the park looks great.  There are new benches and tables.  The perimeter of historic Fort Washington is better marked by cobblestone and a re-creation of a Revolutionary War cannon stands on the "parapet."  There are new trees, evergreen plantings and light fixtures.  And the materials feel solid and durable (except the lawn, which will never survive).

Phase 2 will tackle the perimeter of the park once the Parks Department secures funding.  And the park will no doubt suffer with cuts to the Parks Department's maintenance budget, which is down 20% from 2008 to 2012 (source,  But for now, congratulations on a job well done.


  1. Thanks for the update. I stopped by yesterday evening. Very nice indeed. Any idea what the beige carpet-like area at the south end of the park is all about. It is meant for sitting/sunbathing? Or games?

    1. Hey, this is from the NYC Parks website...

      Anticipated Completion: Summer 2012
      This historic park is being renovated to make it an even greater asset to the community. The central lawn area is being reconstructed and will be accessible to stroller and wheelchairs. The southern plaza will be improved with a soft surface more conducive to ball playing and bike riding. A spray shower will be added to the playground and a cannon replica is being installed. The project also includes new pavements and curbs, fences and gates, benches, game tables, trash receptacles, drinking fountains, water supply and drainage system, lighting, garden areas and additional trees. Thank you for your patience as we improve your park.

      Still not sure why they chose a soft surface, but its better than gravel or concrete! Lets pray the park stays looking as nice as it does now!