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PHOTOS: J.J. Byrne Playground on Fifth Avenue Grand Reopening

After one year of renovations, the playground in Washington Park reopens and looks brand new.

After a year of being closed, Washington Park’s J.J. Byrne Playground on Fifth Avenue reopened on Friday. 

The include new play equipment from swings to a water cannon, to monkey bars. The design is accentuated by natural stone and rustic pavement, which is “respectful” of the in the park, the site of the Battle of Brooklyn in August 1776.

The project was was funded by Councilmember Stephen Levin who donated $3,255 million, Councilmember Brad Lander who gave $1.627 million, Borough President Marty Markowitz for $500,000, Assemblywoman Joan Millman $100,000 and Mayor Michael Bloomberg $395,000.

To read the full article about Friday’s event, . 

Sarah A May 15, 2012 at 12:52 PM
I really wanted to love the redesign, but... why so much walled-off shrubbery? Seems like lots of valuable space unused. Why is there so much water? It's almost impossible for a child to go from one end to the other without getting soaked. Why are there no structures for the four-year-old age group? No slides?? It's either the tiny tots space on the north side or the spider web thing and tire swing things, which are clearly for older children (apparently there have already been a couple broken arms). And in the one time I was there I saw at least three panicked parents looking for lost children. The space seems to corral everyone into the middle. I need to give it another chance, but so far, unfortunately, I'm disappointed.
Tina in Brooklyn May 15, 2012 at 02:57 PM
I agree 100% with Sarah - and there is only one small patch of flat grass near the Old Stone House for people to sit or stretch out. And all the plants planted on the perimeter of the park could have been grass instead, for parents or kids to sit and watch their kids on the swingsets or other facilities. Washington "Park" has lost its status as a "park" and now unfortunately is just a playground.
Patti May 15, 2012 at 03:13 PM
I haven't been to Washington Park but from the sounds of plants growing around the perimeter sounds like they might want to change that. Grass is easier and cheaper to maintain and would also give people a place to sit. If they planted annuals it would be no big deal to just seed it with grass.
7thstreeter May 15, 2012 at 03:33 PM
DO NOT let your kids go on the swings (not baby swings). Whomever came up with the idea of making plastic seated slides need to look into another career path. Kids slides right off, falling and risking serious injuries. Besides the "swing of injuries", park is pretty good. Now only if PP may upgrade their 3rd & 9th Street playground!!!
Deb May 15, 2012 at 04:49 PM
The park came out fabulous, But, There isn't anyone watching the kids that come out for lunch at MS 51's they are over powering the little ones. Saw for myself little ones being pushed out of the way so they could use the swings and jungle gym someone needs too take control over those kids. You need too speak too them at the school before a little kid get hurts. Yes the playground is for everyone but they need too have more self control around little ones
asmk May 18, 2012 at 09:33 PM
RE: grass on the edges - those are perennials and in the long run much less expensive to maintain than grass..grass needs to be mowed every 10 days, requires TONS of water and lots of fertilizer . I think the playground is great and the lawn panel opens up the view to the house...the water and pump relate to the house and I think it's a GREAT improvement and compliment to the needs of the neighborhood.
Windsor1 May 22, 2012 at 05:50 PM
I went to check it out and was not impressed at all. The plastic floor "tile" is already coming up in some spots, my kid tripped over a few of them. I am already worried about him escaping me on a crowded nice day and falling on hose giant rocks I the middle. Haven't Even experienced those swings one commenter mentioned. Eek! Also, maybe it was just the day I went, but there was a ton of trash strewn around. A few diapers too! It was gross. I'm all for the MS 51 kids to have a play space at lunch (I work at a nearby school and understand he need) but here does need to be supervision and they need to clean up what they eat instead of leaving empty bottle and cups and take out containers lying around. Maybe my expectations were too high?
BKLA June 06, 2012 at 05:14 PM
5 slides is 5 more than none. After your apparent inability to count up to the number fingers on one hand, it's hard to read your post with any seriousness.

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