NANUET, NY (WCBS 880) – The fun and games are over for a two-decade-old park in Rockland County.

LISTEN: WCBS 880’s Sean Adams reports

To a starry-eyed child, the castle at the Nanuet-Highview Community Park in Nanuet must look like an enchanted wonderland – a fortress of towers, ramps, ropes, bridges, and slides.

The Nanuet-Highview Community Park - Nanuet, NY - Oct 26, 2010 - Photo: Sean Adams / WCBS 880

The Nanuet-Highview Community Park - Nanuet, NY - Oct 26, 2010 - Photo: Sean Adams / WCBS 880

Retired carpenter Christopher Minehan was one of the volunteers who built this playground twenty years ago.

Minehan tells WCBS 880 reporter Sean Adams, “It’s sad to see it go.”

The wood is rotting. It’s unsafe.

The Nanuet school district has to tear down the castle.

Parent Marie Moynihan will address the next school board meeting “… about maybe replacing it so that we can still have a community park there.”

Sean Adams asked, “[Are] you worried they’re going to put up a parking lot?

“Yeah, I’m pretty sure they’re going to put up a parking lot. I would say, in about two months, if you came back, you’d be seeing a parking lot.”

School superintendent Mark McNeill tells the Journal News, “We feel bad about it.”

No decision has been made about the fate of the playground property.

Comments (7)
  1. Bill says:

    I would donate money to a cause to rebuild this park exactly how it is! It looks like a wonderful park for children.

  2. Jay says:

    They paved paradise, and put up a parking lot (Buffy Saint Marie I think).

  3. Billy H says:

    Nooooooo! This is terrible news! Highview was a godsend when it opened and was such a better playground than every other one in Rockland. I’m very disappointed to read it might become a parking lot. I have so many great memories of playing tag with my friends on the wooden structures, which was one my favorite activities growing up in Rockland. Is it too late to save Highview?

  4. Jenn says:

    They’ll replace it with that generic plastic playground that is in every playground around America now. The real shame is the loss of a beautifully designed, creative, unique place for the children to play.

  5. Roy says:

    My kids used to love playing in this castle park,it’s a shame they didn’t maintain it, Hopefully they will replace it with a more modern version…..!

  6. Rick says:

    A perfect replacement is a parking lot. It’s the only thing kids know these days. Parking lots at the malls, school, theaters and jobs. Especially malls where they eat fast food and buy video games so we can complain about them being obese…….. Thank God for something to complain about, right?

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