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Lillian Wald Playground

Lillian Wald Playground

Located at Cherry, Gouverneur, Monroe, and Montgomery Streets on Manhattan's Lower East Side New York, NY, 10002

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Playground, Park, Public, Free

This playground is dedicated to a humanitarian and leader of the recreation movement, Lillian D. Wald (1867-1940). Nestled deep in the heart of Manhattan's Lower East Side, the playground makes a perfect get-a-way for kids of all ages. There are two playgrounds--a custom Weevos® play system designed for kids ages 2 to 5 and a custom PlayBooster® play structure that welcomes 5- to 12-year-olds for active fun. Located in the center of the block bounded by Cherry, Gouverneur, Monroe, and Montgomery Streets, the City acquired this property on December 16, 1931. After decades of being out of operation, in 2005 the playground was transformed from a vacant lot into an athletic sanctuary for students at the nearby University Neighborhood High School and the surrounding community thanks to a $1.1 million renovation of the site funded by City Council Member Kathryn Freed. Parks landscape architect Ricardo Hinkle designed the court game area, which offers handball, volleyball, and basketball courts, and is surrounded by a vibrant landscape of trees, shrubs, and spring bulbs. The plaque to Wald, long in storage, also was reinstalled at the site following the park's reopening. This park honors the humanitarian, public health pioneer, social reformer, and leader of the recreation movement Lillian D. Wald (1867-1940).

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