The long, tormented history of efforts to redo Washington Square Park is gaining another page today as the last of several lawsuits trying to stop the current Parks Department plan is likely to be decided. Community Board 2 withdrew its support of the redo because it never saw an "accurate" design. A state appeals court approved the redesign earlier this year even though it agreed that "essential aspects" of the plan hadn't been made public. The Community Board was originally told the plaza would shrink 5 percent, but it turned out the planned shrinkage is 23 percent. In any case, the Parks Department has already awarded a contract for the first phase of the rebuild (with the shrunken plaza and moved fountain) and the start date had been mentioned as being as early as today. The redo no longer has a final price tag.
· Day of Reckoning Comes for Washington Square Park [Metro]
· Washington Square Park Redesign: Bring Out Your Rats [Curbed]