Residents Gather in Oval Park to Push for Playground Opening; Parks Dept. Says 'Next Week'

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Local residents gathered in Williamsbridge Oval Park yesterday to demand that two newly renovated sections of the park are completed by June 28, the last day of school.

Asked to confirm a completion date for the new playground in the southern part of the Oval, along with the spray showers in front of the park house, the Parks Department said: “We are working with the contractor on the final preparations, including some minor fence work and site cleanup, needed to open the playground area. We expect to open this area next week.” They did not give a specific date.

The new basketball court will be open next month.

Organized by the Friends of Williamsbridge Oval, parents and kids gathered yesterday to make posters and get their message across. The Friends have asked residents through a steady stream of Facebook postings to call the contractor and the Parks Department to urge them to get the new areas open by Tuesday.

As we've reported, the work in the southern part of the Oval was supposed to be done back in January, but the Parks Department said the severe winter delayed progress.

(All photos by Lulaine Compere)

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