NYC Parks Cuts Ribbon on Alliance-Designed Stroud Playground
May 22, 2019
Prospect Park Alliance President Sue Donoghue joined NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver and City Council Majority Leader Laurie Cumbo to celebrate the opening of the restored Stroud Playground in Crown Heights. The design of the playground was undertaken by Prospect Park Alliance pro bono as part of the City’s Community Parks Initiative (CPI). The Alliance also contributed designs for two additional CPI projects: Epiphany Playground and Penn Triangle, both in Williamsburg.
“Prospect Park Alliance has an award-winning team of landscape architects and designers, and were pleased to be able to share our expertise to help create this playground in the Crown Heights community,” said Sue Donoghue, President of Prospect Park Alliance. “Stroud Playground features many of the amenities desired by the community, and also improves the environment by adding more trees and absorbing stormwater runoff. We hope it will serve as a model for future New York City playgrounds.”
The renovated playground features new play equipment for children of all ages and abilities; an interactive spray shower; a synthetic turf area for open play; basketball and handball courts; and a walking track and fitness equipment. The landscape was enhanced with a number of additional trees and plantings that provide shade for new seating areas and, with new lighting and lower fencing, beautify the space. A garden serves as an area for relaxation and an outdoor classroom for PS 316 and MS 383 students.
“Stroud Playground was one of the original five sites in Brooklyn announced as part of the Community Parks Initiative, and it is rewarding to finally see the community enjoying the very space they dreamed up,” said Commissioner Silver. “The transformation of Stroud Playground is remarkable, and we could not have done it without our partners at the Prospect Park Alliance, City Council Member Laurie Cumbo, and of course, the many passionate community members who supported the project and contributed to its design.”