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Crown Heights Playground Gets a $5M Sustainable Revamp

A Crown Heights playground is getting a major facelift in the form of a $5.1 million renovation plan, the Parks Department announced Wednesday.

Stroud Playground, located on Park Place between Washington and Classon Avenues, has been around since 1964, and functions as an outdoor space for two public schools in the neighborhood. The Prospect Park Alliance spearheaded the project (its first outside of that storied park), and sought community input on the new playground's design. There's a big focus on sustainability, with much of the park's existing materials to be used for benches and paving. Runoff water will be absorbed by rain gardens on the site and underground detention tanks.

New amenities include basketball and handball courts, shaded picnic areas, a jogging track, and more lighting. There will also be a next-level turf field that's equipped with misting spray, which will cool players off when it gets crazy hot.

"It was a thrill to hear passionate local community members voice their desires and needs for Stroud Playground at last fall's meeting, and further, to take the next step toward bringing the design to fruition," said NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver. "Parks will continue to invest in communities with the greatest need and to create thriving public spaces to enhance the livability of under-resourced neighborhoods."

The playground redesign is being funded by city's Community Parks Initiative which was created to invest in smaller parks in neighborhoods with high concentrations of poverty that are also rapidly expanding as a result of real estate developments. Construction work is scheduled to begin on the playground sometime in 2016, and will take a year to finish.
· Stroud Playground [NYC Parks]
· All Crown Heights Coverage [Curbed]