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Pier 25 Playground in Tribeca reopens for summer 2013 on May 11

The beloved Hudson River Park playground, which has been closed and under repair for Hurricane Sandy damage, returns just in time for the summer.

  • Photograph: Melissa Sinclair

    Hudson River Park's Pier 25 Playground reopens

  • Photograph: Melissa Sinclair

    Hudson River Park's Pier 25 Playground reopens

  • Photograph: Melissa Sinclair

    Hudson River Park's Pier 25 Playground reopens

  • Photograph: Melissa Sinclair

    Hudson River Park's Pier 25 Playground reopens

  • Photograph: Melissa Sinclair

    Hudson River Park's Pier 25 Playground reopens

  • Photograph: Melissa Sinclair

    Hudson River Park's Pier 25 Playground reopens

  • Photograph: Melissa Sinclair

    Hudson River Park's Pier 25 Playground reopens

  • Photograph: Melissa Sinclair

    Hudson River Park's Pier 25 Playground reopens

  • Photograph: Melissa Sinclair

    Hudson River Park's Pier 25 Playground reopens

  • Photograph: Melissa Sinclair

    Hudson River Park's Pier 25 Playground reopens

  • Photograph: Melissa Sinclair

    Hudson River Park's Pier 25 Playground reopens

  • Photograph: Melissa Sinclair

    Hudson River Park's Pier 25 Playground reopens

  • Photograph: Melissa Sinclair

    Hudson River Park's Pier 25 Playground reopens

Photograph: Melissa Sinclair

Hudson River Park's Pier 25 Playground reopens

We're rather overjoyed at the news that the Pier 25 playground—one of our favorite playgrounds in the city and one we've loved since it made its debut in 2011—is poised to reopen on Saturday, May 11. It's been closed since the arrival of Hurricane Sandy on October 29, which, says Madelyn Wils, president and CEO of the Hudson River Park Trust, did enormous damage to the pier's playground in particular. "The immediate reaction," says Wils, "was [to figure out] how to get it reopened." In just a short span of time, several community cocktail parties raised $300,000 of the $450,000 in repair costs, she says, which was crucial in getting the playground back as quick as they have. We got a sneak peek at the playground, and it looks terrific—not a lot different than it did pre-storm, but then again, that's a good thing. (No new features were added; the job was essentially a major restoration.) Wils tells us that the only pier facilities still closed are the restrooms, and that the pier's lights and the playground's water features will likely be back by the end of the month. Click through our slide show, above, to see what the beautiful spot has in store for summer 2013—and make a plan to herald its arrival in person.


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