Boro Park elementary school P.S. 192 is one step closer to having its own public playground.
On Friday, August 30, ground was broken on 18th Avenue between 47th and 48th Street, by Councilmember David Greenfield, State Senator Simcha Felder, Brooklyn Parks Commissioner Kevin Jeffrey, Community Board 12 Chair Yidel Perlstein and school officials, to make way for the new playground in the rear of P.S. 192
The project is part of the city’s Schoolyards to Playgrounds initiative and will be the first new park in the community in decades. It will include a large running track, tennis court, basketball hoops, two new turf fields, a tot lot, an area for 5 to 12-year olds and a large ramped unit to accommodate children of all abilities. It will also include a play area designed specifically to accommodate children of all abilities, including those in wheelchairs.
Maps and games will also be painted onto the asphalt in the playground and more than 25 trees and many benches will be installed throughout. The playground is slated to be finished by next summer.
Once it is completed, the playground will be used by students during the school day and will be open to the public after school hours and on weekends and holidays until dusk.
“This is a very exciting moment for our school and our students,” said Liset Isaac, principal of P.S. 192. “We have been eagerly awaiting this since the new playground was first announced and can’t wait to see what the final product looks like. I especially want to thank State Senator Felder and Councilmember Greenfield because without them this project would not be where it is right now.”
“We are finally living up to our neighborhood’s name – Boro Park – as a result of this project and the fact that we are funding improvements to every single park around the area,” Greenfield said. “I am especially proud that this new playground will include play equipment that can accommodate children of all ages and abilities, including those in wheelchairs.”
“The new park will feature sports fields and new play equipment, and it will be fully accessible so that children of all abilities can enjoy it,” added Jeffrey.
Felder said that he was happy to see the park finally come to fruition. “I worked years to plan for and secure the necessary funding for this new park in the heart of the community,” he said. “I applaud Councilmember Greenfield for sharing my commitment to bettering our community and for seeing this project through to completion.”
“This new playground will be a tremendous addition to this corner of Boro Park, which currently does not have enough play spaces to meet the growing community’s needs,” said Perlstein. I have no doubt that many families will take advantage of this great new park once it opens next summer.”
The new playground was funded by a $1.2 million allocation by Greenfield and Felder and a $394,450 contribution from Mayor Michael Bloomberg.