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Sandy-Damaged Pier 25 Playground Set For Early May Opening

TRIBECA — Pier 25’s beloved playground is finally on the road to recovery, months after Hurricane Sandy tore through Hudson River Park.

Reconstruction of the playground, located on the river at North Moore Street, has begun and kids should be swinging, climbing and building sandcastles by early May, when officials say the park will reopen.

The two-year-old playground, shuttered since Sandy, sustained nearly $500,000 in damage during the brutal October storm.

The rebuilding is being funded largely by community donations, which so far total more than $300,000, according to Hudson River Park officials.

“As a Tribeca resident myself, it’s been especially inspiring to see my neighbors come together to support Hudson River Park in the wake of this devastating storm,” said Madelyn Wils, president and CEO of Hudson River Park, in statement. “Sandy exacerbated the park’s already fragile bottom line and we are grateful to our neighbors for stepping up and ensuring gems like the Pier 25 playground remain vibrant for local families and other visitors.”

The popular playground features a sandbox, two full swing sets, climbing wall and boulders, and eight seasonal water attractions.