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Thursday, March 13, 2008

Mount Hope Playground's Sluggish Transformation

Mount Hope Playground, at Walton Avenue and East 177th Street, is being renovated - slowly.

It was supposed to re-open last summer, but as the above shot (taken today) shows, there's still much work to be done. Granted, a delay of nine months or a year isn't a big deal in the grand scheme of things, and the playground is likely to be fantastic when it's finished (there's going to be a basketball court, trees, benches, and a play equipment). But the delay's disappointing, for local kids especially, in a part of the Bronx bereft of open space.

The playground's restoration is possible thanks to a $200 million package allocated to Bronx parks a couple of years back, in compensation for Van Cortlandt Park housing the massive and deeply unpopular Croton Water Filtration Plant.

The filtration plant's myriad problems and construction delays have been well documented. I wonder how many of the promised park and playground renovations (70 are planned in all) are also falling behind schedule?


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