BEDFORD-STUYVESANT — A $4.9 million makeover is coming to Bed-Stuy’s Sumner Playground, officials said.
While the project for the major overhaul is still in its design phase, the 1.97 acre park is slated to become more “family-oriented,” a city Parks & Recreation representative said at a recent Brooklyn Community Board 3 meeting.
Plans for the green space, which is bordered by Sumner Avenue, Madison Street, Throop Avenue and Monroe Street, include an added basketball court, the installation of adult fitness equipment and $500,000 toward a renovated comfort station, officials explained during a presentation.
Inspections dating back to 2010 found the park to be repeatedly in poor shape, with 7 out of 9 inspections finding the overall condition “unacceptable” in categories ranging from paved and safety surfaces, play equipment and graffiti, according to Parks Department records online.
The playground is frequented by students from neighboring P.S. 59, along with residents of the adjacent Sumner Houses.
Total funding for the renovation process, which includes contracting and construction, will range between $3 to $10 million, from the Mayor’s Office and City Council, according to the Parks Department website.
“The Parks Department's plan for Sumner Playground looks wonderful,” Brooklyn Councilman Robert Cornegy said in an email.
“It's an investment in the community's health and well-being and I'm excited to see the project proceed."