Parks, Plazas, and More --- New Open Spaces to Enjoy in Kensington this summer
Summer is here and across New York City, our public parks and shared outdoor spaces are in high demand. That’s why I’m pleased to tell you that – after several years of hard work and significant investment—Kensington has two brand new outdoor spaces for you to enjoy this summer: the renovated Dome Playground, and starting this weekend, a public plaza at McDonald Avenue and Avenue C. Come celebrate with us Sunday at our brand new plaza!
Dome Playground is back and better than ever:
Last month, we cut the ribbon on the first phase of renovations at Dome Playground, the park on the corner of Dahill Road and 38th Street. The $2.75 million renovation included doubling the children’s play area—with very popular climbing equipment, new seating areas for adults, and a new underground drainage system.
And we haven’t forgotten the basketball and handball courts. Construction on the second phase of the renovations will begin this fall, with a $1 million upgrade to the Park’s handball and basketball courts, new adult fitness equipment, a new accessible entrance, and new perimeter landscaping.
Want to find more about what’s happening at Dome Playground? Connect with the Friends of Dome Playground.
Thank you to the many neighbors who helped share the park’s new design and ensured that Dome Playground works for all members of our diverse community. Thanks also to Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams for his support.
Brand New Public Plaza on Avenue C:
Just a few blocks from Dome Playground, a group of neighbors called “The Kensington Stewards” have been working tirelessly with my office and many others to bring a new public plaza to Kensington, on the unused concrete triangle at McDonald Avenue and Avenue C. I’m pleased to announce that Avenue C Plaza will open this week! We’re celebrating with a month-long schedule of community events, beginning with a ribbon-cutting this Sunday:
And drop by this Saturday or Sunday afternoon for even more plaza events all weekend long!
The idea for a new public plaza came in response to calls from residents who wanted more open space in the neighborhood. Thanks to the Kensington Stewards, the Neighborhood Plaza Partnership, and Association of Community Employment Programs for the Homeless (ACE NY) we have another wonderful space to meet one another, socialize, and enjoy life in our neighborhood together.
You may remember that, in April, the Kensington Stewards organized a successful "pop-up" plaza event, complete with dance performances from Bangladesh Institute of Performing Arts, a dance fitness class, Afro-Cuban Latin dance party, and more. Starting this Saturday, we’ll have a “mobile studio” on the plaza offering community workshops, classes, performances and more at the plaza for the month of June. Keep an eye out for events happening all month long.
If you’d like to get involved with the Kensington Stewards and the great work they do in the neighborhood, email Dorothy Le at dle [at] thehort [dot] org" data-mce-href="mailto:dle [at] thehort [dot] org">dle [at] thehort [dot] org
Cleaner Sidewalks along Church Ave and at Kensington Plaza:
We’ve got to make sure we’re taking care of the open spaces we already have too – which is why my office has been proud to support the Horticultural Society and ACE-NY to keep Church Avenue and Kensington Plaza (at Church Avenue and Beverley Road) clean and free of garbage.
Since last September these organizations have been hard at working cleaning up litter and planting vegetation in tree beds in the area. Last month alone, they logged 160 hours of clean up and picked up 14,000 pounds of trash. There is more work to be done, but they’ve made a big difference in keeping Church Ave clean and making Kensington Plaza a well-cared for space in our neighborhood for anyone to enjoy.
For far too long, Kensington has had a real scarcity of public open space, but thanks to the work of so many of your neighbors that’s really starting to change. Together we’re doing more to improve open-space in Kensington and making it an even greater place to call home.