New playground replaces asphalt lot and comes after continued advocacy from the community
BROOKLYN, NY — Today, New York City Council Member Brad Lander joined the NYC Department of Environmental Protection, NYC Department of Parks and Recreation, P.S. 282 Principal Rashan Hoke, as well as parents and students to celebrate the ribbon cutting of the new green playground at P.S. 282 in Park Slope.
The support and advocacy of the P.S. 282 community was instrumental in securing the new playground, which replaces an asphalt lot. Two years ago, Principal Hoke flagged a small-but-growing sinkhole in the playground that was becoming dangerous for the kids. There were some complicated jurisdictional problems to resolve because the school’s playground is used by the Department of Education but managed by the Parks Department. And it also falls in the Gowanus stormwater runoff zone, which is handled by DEP.
The Parks Department did a quick study to figure out how big the sinkhole problem was. Lander provided the funding, which was matched by DEP as part of their “green infrastructure” effort. PS 282 parents attended the Mayoral Town Hall in Lander’s district last fall, and as a result, the project was able to move quickly.
The new playground boasts green infrastructure and trees that are capable of capturing nearly 1 million gallons of stormwater annually, an important feature for the neighborhood, which will improve the health of the nearby Gowanus Canal. The project, which was funded by Council Member Lander at $250,000 and DEP at $350,000, includes a turf field, running track, spray shower, drinking water fountain, basketball hoop, and benches. These investments will help ensure that Gowanus is a vibrant, sustainable, mixed-use neighborhood for decades to come.
“I was thrilled to attend the ribbon-cutting this morning for the new/green playground at PS 282 in North Slope, which my office was proud to champion and fund,” said Council Member Brad Lander. “It’s not just a great new playground: it’s a celebration of community organizing, of sustainability (it will help us clean the Gowanus Canal by reducing stormwater runoff), and of the public sector getting something right. Huge thanks to NYC DEP Commissioner Vincent Sapienza, NYC Parks Brooklyn Borough Commissioner Martin Maher, PS 282 Principal Rashan Hoke, to my wonderful education liaison Vicki Sell, and to everyone who worked on this project.”
“The new green infrastructure at this playground is not only absorbing stormwater and helping to improve the health of our surrounding waterbodies, it is also providing a fun, safe place to play,” said DEP Commissioner Sapienza. “We are proud to partner with Council Member Lander to transform this asphalt playground into a beautiful new green space for the whole community.”
“We’re super excited that the children of PS/MS 282 and the whole community will have a brand-new, green, playground for recess and play this year and for generations to come,” said principal Rashan Hoke. “On behalf of all the children, parents and staff we thank Mayor de Blasio, Councilman Brad Lander, the Department of Environmental Protection, the Parks Department, and our incredible community of collaborators and parent advocates for bringing this state of the art play space to life.”
“It’s an incredible gift,” said 282 PTO co-president and alum Una La Marche. “The blacktop before the renovation had been much the same for 30 years. I played hopscotch there with no hopscotch court and ran wild around it without a track. But I’m a parent now, and I want better for our kids. This remodel is more than I ever could have imagined.”
A photo from the ribbon cutting is below.