Prescott Playground in Huguenot gets $4 Million Makeover
The NYC Parks Department recently unveiled the renovated E.M.T. Christopher J. Prescott Playground in Huguenot, an upgrade to the existing playground bringing new and inclusive play structures, a textured pavement, percussion drums, swings, a spray play area with stainless-steel instruments and a quiet area for reflection. New paths, fences, concrete pavements and safety surfacing were also added to the play area.
The $4 million project includes new play units that feature engaging sensory equipment to accommodate the needs of children of all abilities. There are textured surfaces, patterns, shapes and musical play panels designed to challenge and develop children’s senses.
“With these transformational upgrades, this community green space is now better equipped to meet Staten Island’s recreational needs. We’re thrilled to unveil these new, inclusive amenities that will fully engage children of all ages and abilities in play and help develop their social skills, physical coordination and creativity,” said NYC Parks Staten Island Borough Commissioner Lynda Ricciardone.
“Today’s ribbon cutting at Prescott Playground is one that will forever have a special place in the hearts of our Borough Hall family. Since we first decided to try to build a sensory playground, we have been anxiously waiting for its opening. We are so excited to provide a unique place that is specifically designed so that kids of all abilities can enjoy a great Staten Island park in this community,” said Borough President James Oddo.
Prescott Playground, located near I.S. 7, is jointly operated by Parks and the Board of Education. The site is formerly known as Huguenot Playground due to its location off Huguenot Avenue within the neighborhood of the same name. In 1997, it was renamed in honor of Christopher J. Prescott (1972-1994), a Staten Island native who was the first New York City EMS worker to be killed in the line of duty.
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