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Washington Square Park Renovations to Wrap Up This Summer

By Andrea Swalec | January 3, 2013 3:04pm

WEST VILLAGE — Construction on Greenwich Village's iconic Washington Square Park began more than five years ago, but the Parks Department says the end is finally in sight.

Workers are currently completing the restrooms, dog run, play area, new paths and offices on the southern end of the park, Steve Simon, the Parks Department's chief of staff for Manhattan, said at a community meeting Wednesday.

"We're expecting completion this coming summer," Simon said at a Community Board 2 parks and waterfront meeting.

The city's map of construction projects gets more specific about when the remaining work in the park will be complete, listing the end date as June 17.

The massive overhaul of the park that began Dec. 10, 2007 has restored and repositioned the central fountain, improved playgrounds, rebuilt the chess plaza and petanque court, added trees and shrubs, replaced lighting and sidewalks, and more.

The total projected cost of the renovations was not immediately available.