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NYC and the Trust for Public Land unveil green-playground plans

The first of 40 eco-friendly, stormwater-capturing playgrounds was unveiled in Brooklyn on September 19, and the rest are on their way to NYC schools soon.

P.S. 261 green playground in Brooklyn

P.S. 261 green playground in Brooklyn Courtesy Trust for Public Land

What's not to love about government agencies and nonprofits coming together to make NYC's harbor and waterways cleaner while giving kids more green space to play on? That's just what the Trust for Public Land has pulled off with the help of the city's DOE, the DEP and several other backers in the private and public sectors: On Thursday, September 19, the consortium unveiled the first of 40 green playgrounds—at P.S. 261 in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn—planned for the next few years. Its green infrastructure is designed to capture stormwater, keeping the city's sewage system from polluting the Gowanus Canal. Two more outdoor playspaces are slated to open in Brooklyn this fall, at P.S. 65 and J.H.S. 218, both of which drain into the Jamaica Bay, and ten more are slated to open over the next year. Less asphalt, more green space. Yep, we like win-win situations.

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