A playground and plaza expected to open a year ago in Riverside Park South should open in the next month, the parks department tells us.
The new playground at 66th Street is Phase 5 of a major reconstruction project in Riverside Park South. The first four phases of that project were completed before 2008, but the last two phases have dragged on and several elements remain unfinished.
The playground and plaza were supposed to be done by September 2018, but were impacted by several construction delays. “This project proved to be highly complicated,” the parks department said in a statement.
Underground utilities and other “obstructions” had to be removed, and the soil had to be “remediated”, though it wasn’t found to be hazardous. Also, the department removed a comfort station from the project.
Even when it opens, the project won’t be fully complete. “When the plaza and playground are opened, after a number of the final punch list items are executed, there will be a temporary fence put around the space, allowing for it to be open during the day and closed at night until lighting is installed,” the parks department said.