EDGEMERE — The city cut the ribbon on its $3.2 million revamp of the Cardozo Playground, featuring a new track, volleyball and tennis courts and chess tables, officials said.
The project, which began two years ago, helped revitalize a "barren space" used as parking for teachers at the adjacent Goldie Maple Academy, at Beach 56th Street, into a beautiful field for the community, officials said.
"There was no real place for the children to play or exercise and enjoy themselves," Sen. James Sanders said.
The Olympic-sized track surrounds brand-new courts, and the area's playground equipment was totally replaced. There are also game tables and adult fitness equipment as well as painted games for kids to play skully and hopscotch, officials said.
“These communities now have a park to be proud of and to appreciate," Councilman Donovan Richards said.
The playground, which officially opened nearly 60 years ago, is named for Benjamin Cardozo, a United States Supreme Court Justice.