Numerous holes were visible last week in the safety surface in the recently opened Brooklyn Bridge Park Playground on Pier 1. On Wednesday, the Daily News watched workers place blue tape over nearly 100 small holes in the cushy blue surfacing. Small holes have also begun appearing in the safety surfacing in Union Square Park another new playground designed by landscape architects Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates. Photo: © Geoffrey Croft/NYC Park Advocates
According to NYC Park Advocates the Parks Department were forced to close Mullaly Park South Playground in the Bronx shortly after its opening last Spring when officials found that the safety surfacing had begun deteriorating, city sources told the watch-dog group. The Parks Department also removed a dangerous spinning dish after numerous children were hurt. Months later the city installed a similar spinning dish in Union Square Park. On March 18, 2010 workers were seen doing repairs after complaints from parents that children were falling off due to its excessive speed.
Yesterday the City Council held a public hearing on Intro No. 123, a bill which would mandate the creation of an advisory committee to study materials used for surface areas in playgrounds and on playing fields. This became an issue after a rash of news reports detailed numerous children were getting burned in playgrounds, and over health and safety concerns regarding artificial turf. The city is not currently mandated to perform independent testing of materials.
New York Daily News - April 16th 2010 - By Jeff Wilkins and Elilizabeth Hays
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