** UPDATE: 6/15/12 3:30 p.m. — OPENING DELAYED UNTIL MONDAY @ 9:00 a.m.**
(The reopening has been delayed until Monday, June 18th, at 9:00 a.m. Inspection of the park this morning discovered that a few of the new surfaces had not cured — but all is set to be in order by Monday morning)
At long last, the renovations of the Park View Recreation Center’s athletic field, basketball court, playground, and other areas are complete and ready for fun! After a walk through in the morning to inspect the work, the gates will be open at
2 p.m. this afternoon (6/15/12) and it will be open to the public. (9:00 a.m. on Monday, June 18th)
Actually, the renovations will be about 99% done when the park opens tomorrow. Some small details, like a number of the new signs, will not have their final versions in place yet, but I’m sure that won’t stop use of the basketball court, soccer area, or playground.
Knowing that the fencing is still a concern in some areas, I’m still attempting to find some resolution on that issue as well. The fence along Newton Place is only four feet tall which will neither stop stray basketballs nor prevent people from hopping the fence when the field is closed. Also, DPR determined that it was too cost prohibitive to move the fencing at the corner of Princeton Place and Warder Street. Due to this, they plan to install a metal ridge on the concrete walls in front of the fence instead. This is intended to discourage people from sitting on the wall.
But the loss of seating along the perimeter is more than made up by the new seating and game tables centrally located between the playground and athletic fields.
Below are photos of the new park.