PARK SLOPE – Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Vincent Sapienza and New York City Council Member Brad Lander today announced that construction has begun on a new “green” playground at P.S. 282 in Park Slope. Set to be completed by the end of the year, the playground improvements will include a synthetic turf field, a running track, a spray fountain and drinking water fountain, a basketball hoop, and benches and trees. Council Member Lander provided $250,000 in funding and DEP allocated $350,000.
The Park Slope playground is located along Berkeley Place between 5th Avenue and 6th Avenue and is a shared site with P.S. 282. The centerpiece of the upgrade will be a new synthetic turf field featuring a subsurface broken stone storage layer and perforated distribution pipes to promote infiltration.
Stormwater that falls on the playground and basketball areas will also be directed towards the engineered drainage under the turf field. By keeping up to 1 million gallons of stormwater out of the neighborhood’s combined sewer system every year, the playground will help to reduce Combined Sewer Overflows into the Gowanus Canal.
DEP has committed approximately $50 million in funding for green infrastructure installations at Community Parks Initiative sites and partners with the Trust for Public Land to rehabilitate asphalt playgrounds throughout the five boroughs. Thus far, more than 45 playgrounds have been completed with another 89 currently being designed. In addition, DEP builds green infrastructure at New York City Housing Authority sites, along roadways and sidewalks, and provides funding for private property owners to build their own green infrastructure.
“We are proud to partner with Council Member Lander to transform this asphalt playground into a beautiful new green space for the whole community,” said DEP Commissioner Sapienza. “The green infrastructure that will be built at the playground will not only absorb stormwater and improve the health of the Gowanus Canal, it will also provide needed shade and help to lower summertime temperatures.”