The Bloomingdale Playground on Amsterdam Avenue and 104th Street reopened to the public recently after a $7 million and four year renovation that added a basketball court and new play equipment.
“It marks a revolution in the way this City conceptualizes children play-spaces,” City Council Member Mark Levine said in a statement. “This beautiful new playground is not just ADA accessible but also goes much further than that in its design to encourage play between children of all types of mental and physical levels.”
The playground now features new children’s play areas with swings, safety surfacing, and equipment that meets or exceeds all playground safety and ADA accessibility requirements. The project also added a new synthetic turf field that can be used for general play and as a gathering and performance space; an upgraded ADA compliant comfort station; new basketball courts; adult fitness equipment; new benches and other site furnishings; and a reconstructed spray shower.
Bloomingdale Playground and P.S. 145 (known as the Bloomingdale School) replaced the old P.S. 105 in 1958. The playground opened on September 12, 1962, under the jurisdiction of the Board of Estimate, and was transferred to the joint operation of NYC Parks and the Board of Education in November 1963. Formerly known as P.S. 145 Playground, the parkland was renamed in 1997 to reflect the rich history of the area. The Upper West Side was named Bloomingdale by 17th century Dutch and Flemish settlers after a town near Haarlem in the Netherlands. The word “bloomingdale” is an adaptation of the Dutch word “bloomendaal,” or “vale of flowers,” which reflected the geography of the area before it was leveled and developed.
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