READY, SET, CUT: “It looks better than ever,” was the verdict of Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver, speaking at the June 10th ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating the completion of the third phase of Washington Square Park’s continuing renovation. Council Member Margaret Chin was appreciative of how Parks Landscape Architect George Vellonakis’s upgrade had preserved the park’s rich history of diversity, and that environmentally conscious materials had been used in construction of the new park house. Council Member Corey Johnson, who declared the park “one of the City’s most iconic and historic places for green respite,” was happy to see the run for larger dogs and the addition of new public restrooms.

But it was the youngsters from PS 41 who demonstrated the instant success of another most important feature – the new play area for kids. After enthusiastically assisting the local politicians to cut the ribbon, they raced off to roll around on the hospitable turf mounds and wasted no time in accepting the challenges of the new cable play structure.

A very good time was had by all.

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