A ribbon cutting ceremony at Seth Low Park celebrated the completion of the park’s $2.5 million project on improvements to the sports courts and entrance, on Thursday, December 15.
NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, City Councilmember David Greenfield, local community members and students and faculty from the neighboring Seth Low Intermediate School, I.S.96 joined together to cut the ribbon. It took place at the newly reconstructed basketball courts, located at Avenue P and West 12th Street.
“It is an exciting time at Seth Low Playground, where we are making so many improvements for the surrounding communities,” said Silver.
The newly-renovated park features a new basketball court and a new handball court rebuilt from scratch. The basketball courts were finished with new color seal coat, lines and benches. New benches were also installed along the repaved paths within the park. In addition, there are new drinking fountains and landscaping.
“I’m very proud that we were able to make these improvements to Seth Low, and this is only the beginning,” Greenfield said. “There are even bigger, better improvements on the way.”
The $2.5 million in improvements, funded by Greenfield, Borough President Eric Adams and Mayor Bill de Blasio, is part of a planned $4.5 million renovation project. The other $2 million phase of work is in the works.
The new design of the old cracked asphalt field will result in two synthetic turf fields: a passive and an active recreation area. One is for general community use, such as, dance, exercise, permitted community events and free play. In addition, there will be a designated area for outdoor movie screenings. The other turf field is for various sports, including a soccer field and a four-foot wide rubber running track.
Other features include an outdoor fitness area, new trees, benches, drinking fountains, ground hydrants and an accessible ramp. The project is expected to be completed in the fall of 2017.
“By the time this project is completed, Seth Low will truly be a destination for Brooklynites of all ages to enjoy,” Silver said. “As always, we are proud to partner with such stalwart champions of parks like Borough President Adams and Councilmember Greenfield.”
“Parks are where families go to relax; they’re where our communities come together and get to know each other,” Greenfield said. “I am committed to ensuring that every community in my district has a beautiful park to call its own.”