UNION SQUARE — A steel climbing dome in the Union Square playground that had to be shut down after it became dangerously hot in the sun reopened on Tuesday with a massive awning shading it from above, according to DNAinfo.
But some parents worry that the Parks Department's massive, 40-foot-long tarp won't be enough to protect kids, since the awning leaves a section on the east side of the dome exposed to the sun.
Domes designed by the same architect, Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, had to be removed at Brooklyn Bridge Park's new Pier 1 playground park because of overheating problems.
“This seems ill-conceived,” said Brooklyn mom Diana Decubellis, who took her two children to play in Union Square on Tuesday. “It’s definitely hot and fully in the sun on this side. Parents should be very vigilant.”
Her daughter, Sophia, 9, opted to play by the sprinklers because she found the dome too hot.