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NYC Parks Commissioner Sue Donoghue today joined Department of City Planning’s Deputy Director for the Bronx Borough Office Shawn Brede, Bronx Borough President Vanessa Gibson, State Assemblymember Yudelka Tapia, City Councilwoman Pierina Ana Sanchez, children and staff from The Shield Institute and members of the community to celebrate the reconstruction of Morton Playground in the Bronx.

“Just in time for summer, we are thrilled to cut the ribbon on this beautiful renovation to Morton Playground, complete with enhancements everyone in the community can enjoy,” said Parks Commissioner Donoghue. “Thanks to our elected officials and the Jerome Avenue Neighborhood Plan, this playground has undergone a fantastic $4.9 million renovation, and with more improvements to community greenspaces on the way, we’re proud to show our commitment to bettering the Morris Heights community.”

“I join the Highbridge community in celebrating the new Morton Playground located at 1835 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard that features new basketball courts and more. As we recover from COVID-19, green spaces provided by the New York City Parks and Recreation will continue to play such an important role in the well-being of our children and adults. The new Morton playground will now be an additional place they can visit and enjoy,” said Bronx Borough President Vanessa Gibson.

The Morton Playground reconstruction project has completely updated the park facilities and created a brand new connection to the future Aqueduct Walk. The renovation of the playground included new play equipment, new security lighting, a new basketball court, new spray showers, and passive amenities including new benches, seating areas, and plantings. The drainage system in the playground has also been overhauled to include new drainage structures and ADA grates.

The Morton Playground Reconstruction project was made possible with $4.9 million of mayoral funding received through the Jerome Avenue Neighborhood Plan.