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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

New Roosevelt Island Southtown Playground Almost Ready To Open - The Kids And Parents Are Waiting

A Roosevelt Island parent asks:

Any idea when the new playground is opening? I see that it's finished, but has a chain on the gate.

Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) President Charlene Indelicato had reported last August 2:
... We are very happy to announce the new tot lot located at Blackwell Park is expected to be completed by mid-August, end of the month at the latest. After the new tot lot is open, Hudson/Related will begin the construction of Riverwalk Building 7. This 200,000 square foot residential building, featuring 260 rental apartments, will take approximately 2 years to complete, according to Hudson/Related....
Yesterday, I asked Southtown Developer Hudson Related's representative Sarah Willard:
Any update when the new Southtown playground will open.
Ms. Willard replied:
Two more items to complete and then we will have a definite opening date.  We should  know shortly...
Roosevelt Island kids are anxious to get in the new playground and try it out.

Here's a walk around the playground today.

Ms. Willard also reports that Hudson Related is working with RIOC for a Grand Opening Celebration of the new playground.