NYC Community Parks Initiative

NYC Parks Community Parks Initiative is a mayoral initiative to invest in community parks in densely populated,  growing, and high-poverty communities. Quennell Rothschild & Partners is currently working on the reconstruction of 5 parks and playgrounds in the Bronx & Manhattan.

Martin Luther King Jr. Playground, Manhattan, NY
MLK Jr. Park is an asphalt paved 1-acre active play space that includes handball and basketball courts and a children’s playground. Our design for the park will improve the circulation, creating a direct connection from the NYCHA King Towers development with the street, with a generous pathway flanked by new and existing trees and social seating areas that overlook the basketball courts and play area. The basketball and handball courts will be reconstructed with new paving and fencing, and adult fitness equipment added nearby to expand recreation options for teens and adults. The play area is completely reimagined with challenging new equipment for all age groups that also includes swings, a water play area and a small synthetic turf play space for free play that links the various sections of the playground. Renovation of an existing 20’ x 20’ comfort station is included under a separate contract. The project is currently in the preliminary design phase with construction expected to begin in the summer of 2016.

Saw Mill Playground, Bronx, NY
Saw Mill Playground consists of an asphalt paved school yard and adjacent play space, and includes handball and basketball courts and a children’s playground. Our design will realign the fencing between the two spaces to provide a more generous playground that includes a new comfort station under a separate contract. The design improves circulation though the park and creates a link between E139th and E 140th Streets with a curving path lined with seating and planting. The basketball and handball courts will be reconstructed with new paving and fencing and one handball court will be converted to a youth fitness area. A new synthetic turf field and painted track will increase sports and play options in the schoolyard, with new trees and seating options nearby. New fencing and welcoming entrances will make the park more inviting from the street and lighting will be added for security. The play area will feature equipment with universally accessible elements and includes swings and a water play area. Significant areas of new plantings will increase site permeability and green infrastructure measures will be used to infiltrate all storm water to be infiltrated onsite. The project is currently in the preliminary design phase with construction expected to begin in the summer of 2016.

Lyons Square Playground, Bronx, NY
Lyons Square is a 1.3 acre park that includes basketball courts and a play area. After input from community scoping meetings, our design for the park relocates the basketball courts to provide an improved space for the children’s play area, and adds a water play space, new adult fitness equipment, ping-pong tables, a picnic area and a garden walk that integrates new plantings and seating with existing trees. A new comfort station is also included under a separate contract. Lyons Square is elevated from the street due to underlying rock and new utility work will be designed to respond to subsurface conditions and minimize rock excavation. Within these constraints, extensive new plantings will increase site permeability and green infrastructure measures will be used to infiltrate all storm water to be infiltrated on site. The project is currently in the preliminary design phase with construction expected to begin in the summer of 2016.

Longfellow Garden, Bronx, NY
Longfellow Garden, a small tree-shaded park, has been closed for 10 years due to ground settlement that has caused dangerous conditions. This project will completely reconstruct this neighborhood park as a shady garden with seating, game tables and a play area for young children. A water play space will form the central feature and all areas of the park will be made universally accessible.  As with all the CPI projects, the project scope was determined through community outreach scoping sessions and all the most highly desired program elements were included in the redesign. The project is currently in the preliminary design phase with construction expected to begin in the summer of 2016.

Little Claremont Park, Bronx, NY
Little Claremont Park has been closed for 10 years due to ground settlement that has caused dangerous conditions. This project will completely reconstruct the park with a new children’s playground, water play area, synthetic turf field and community garden to provide upgraded recreational amenities that respond to the needs of the community as expressed through public scoping sessions and meetings with the adjacent school. New pathways and fencing will improve circulation within the park and the work will include geotechnical remediation to address the settlement issues and introduction of green infrastructure measures to allow all storm water to be infiltrated on site. The project is currently in the preliminary design phase with construction expected to begin in the summer of 2016.

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    Lyons Square Playground, Bronx

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    Martin Luther King, Jr. Playground, Manhattan

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    Saw Mill Playground, Bronx

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    Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver breaks ground at Lyons Square with the help of local students