Before the official ribbon cutting, audience members were treated to special performances by the student chorus who sang "A Million Dreams" and the dance team who performed to "Can't Stop the Feeling."
“I am grateful for the chance to cut the ribbon on this new playground at PS 32, a project that will allow young people the ability to do what they need to in order to have success in the classroom: be active,” noted Borough President Oddo. “Play, and exercise, and recess, and breaks, are not obstacles to the education of our kids. They are not time taken away from instructing them, and thus time taken away from learning. Rather, they should be seen for what the science shows them to be: integral parts of improving cognitive function, and yes, of learning.”
The $1 million Staten Island playground will provide nearly 8,000 residents with a new park within a 10-minute walk of home and amenities including running track, turf field, basketball hoops, a volleyball court, benches, and play equipment. In addition to serving students, all playgrounds in New York City are open to the public on weekends, after school, and during school breaks, providing opportunities for both children and adults to be physically active.
The park was designed by students through The Trust for Public Land’s New York City Playgrounds Program, helping them gain valuable knowledge and life skills like budgeting, negotiation, and environmental science. Since 1996, working with the City, The Trust for Public Land has designed and/or built more than 200 school and community playgrounds across the five boroughs.
In addition to exercise and recreational amenities, the parks has green infrastructure elements like trees and pervious pavers that help build New York City’s resistance to major storms, capturing up to an inch of rainwater in storm event. These features reduce stormwater runoff that can flood streets and overwhelm sewer systems, allowing untreated water to end up in rivers and bays. Each playground absorbs hundreds of thousands of gallons of water annually and includes 20-30 new trees that bring shade and better air quality to their neighborhoods.
Congrats, PS 32!