On Friday, city officials unveiled the improved playground, which features a new track and baseball field with real grass, newly-designed children’s play area and spray shower, adult fitness equipment and community gathering area.
The $4.5 million project, which includes $1 million from Councilman Rafael Espinal’s office, was part of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Community Parks Initiative (CPI), which invests funds in neighborhood parks.
According to Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver, Thomas Boyland Park is one of 16 Brooklyn sites that received funding under CPI, which has now invested a total of $318 million in 67 parks citywide.
Work on the park was completed three months ahead of schedule.
“Just look at it now,” Silver said. “This is where people of all ages are going to come.”
Espinal said he believes the open space is now one of the best in his district. He compared the new park with old images of dilapidated fields and handball and basketball courts.
“No longer will people in the community have to play in those circumstances,” he said. “They actually have true green space in the community.”
The project was also completed by a minority and women-owned business enterprise (MWBE). Deputy Mayor Richard Buery said the city has made a commitment to transform the way the city does business to give 30 percent of all procurement to MWBEs.
“Not only is this park an incredible resource for our community, this park was built with the skills and talent of our communities,” he said. “It really shows what is possible, what minority and women entrepreneurs can do if you give them the opportunity.”