NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A popular park in East Harlem got a much-needed makeover.
Parks officials, council members and community leaders cut the ribbon Wednesday on the new-and-improved Thomas Jefferson Park Playground on East 114th Street.READ MORE: NYPD: 4 Suspects In Custody After 3 Subway Riders Slashed Within Minutes In Lower Manhattan
The $2.3 million renovation includes new swings, additional play equipment and a re-designed spray shower for children.
There are also new benches, pavement and fencing to keep families safe.READ MORE: Long Island Hispanic Bar Association Organizes Free Prom Dress Boutique For Freeport High School Students
“This is where memories will be created. Parks aren’t just for physical health, but they’re for mental health as well,” NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver said.
“We realized that we needed to really invest in Thomas Jefferson Park because it truly is the backyard of many of our children,” New York City Councilmember Diana Ayala said.MORE NEWS: Crucifix Toppled, American Flag Destroyed At Brooklyn Church
The project was the first renovation for the playground in more than 20 years.