Dolphin Park Renovations Postponed Until September

By Nigel Chiwaya on May 28, 2014 1:46pm 

 The Port Authority now hopes to complete renovations to Dolphin Park by spring 2015.
The Port Authority now hopes to complete renovations to Dolphin Park by spring 2015.
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WASHINGTON HEIGHTS — Dolphin Playground will be open this summer after all.

The Port Authority has delayed plans to begin a full renovation of George Washington Bridge Park until the fall, giving uptowners the chance to enjoy the toddler-friendly playground with sprinklers throughout the warmer months, a spokeswoman told DNAinfo New York.

Repairs were slated to begin at the playground on Tuesday, but the agency put work on hold until September.

"The Port Authority has asked the contractor to delay work till after Labor Day to keep the park open for the community," spokeswoman Erica Dumas said via email. "The park is only accessible during the summer. We want the park to be feasible to the community during that time."

Previous plans called for the 20-year-old park's closure from late May through August while the Port Authority installed new seating, play surfaces and fixed the playground's sprinkler. A second phase will add a wheelchair-accessible ramp.

Now, all work will done in one phase, and the Port Authority hoping to complete the renovations over the winter. 

"The Port Authority’s goal is to open the park in the Spring of 2015," Dumas said.

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