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Dr. Gertrude B. Kelly Playground

Dr. Gertrude B. Kelly Playground

316 West 17th Street New York, NY,

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Plans were drawn up in 1966 to remove the wading pool and add new play equipment, such as a helical slide and arch climbers. New curvilinear walls softened the harsh angles of the playground. In 1975 the comfort station was reconstructed. A 1984 renovation project focused on the east half of the park to provide new handball and basketball courts, showers, play equipment, community planting bed, and a rectilinear sitting area to the southeast. In 1998-99 the playground was reconstructed at a cost of $553,000 funded by former Council Member (now State Senator) Thomas Duane. The new plan extends the design of the sitting area throughout the western portion of the site. The new spray shower is decorated with three elements that pay tribute to Dr. Kelly. Representing her place of birth are clover leaves and a Celtic-styled dog. Representing her career is the caduceus; the two snakes twined around a staff is an ancient Greek emblem adopted by the medical profession. Other improvements include play equipment, benches, security lighting, trees, water fountain, pavement, and drainage and water supply. http://www.nycgovparks.org/parks/M066

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