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Luther Gulick Park Approaching Extensive Renovation, Parks Department Says

 Luther Gulick will get a completely renovated playground.
Luther Gulick will get a completely renovated playground.
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LOWER EAST SIDE — Luther Gulick Park is getting some extensive upgrades within the coming year, including a renovated playground with updated equipment and a picnic area, the Parks Department said.

Some of the renovations are part of the city’s $130 million Community Parks Initiative to invest in run-down neighborhood parks, which launched in 2014. Luther Gulick, which sits at Delancey and Columbia streets, was among those targeted for improvements, and is currently in the design phase of the project.

The design for the fully renovated playground — secured through funds from several city and state agencies, the Lo-Down reported at the time — is now 80 percent complete, according to a department rep, and will begin construction in spring 2017.

The park will get renovated basketball, table tennis, and fitness areas, a fully reconstructed playground, and a fitness section with exercise equipment for adults, according to the department. 

A picnic area will also be coming to the park in response to community feedback, said a department rep. 

More recently, the city has pitched plans to stick in a new “comfort station,” or bathroom, in one of the park’s sitting areas. The bathroom will be funded by the mayor’s citywide initiative and will start going up later this year, the representative said.

Plans for the comfort station's construction were filed with the Department of Buildings in late April, city records show.

Once the design phase of the project is complete, the playground and the comfort station will be open for bidding from contractors. Once contractors are assigned, the construction phase will begin.