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Ribbon cut on new Public School 205 playground

Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s plan to ensure that all New Yorkers live within a 10−minute walk of a recreational space bore its first fruits when Hizzoner helped snip the ribbon on a new, $820,000 playground at Public School 205.

Bloomberg joined students, teachers, parents and City Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe to celebrate the opening of the playground at the Bensonhurst school, 6701 20th Avenue, which is among the most recent sites to be renovated though City Hall’s PlaNYC Schoolyards to Playgrounds program, which is investing $95 million in improvements to transform 266 schoolyards into play pens in underserved neighborhoods.

Basketball hoops, a running track and a multi−purpose recreational field now grace the playground at Public School 205, whose opening coincided with the opening of similar spaces at Public School 226, 6006 23rd Avenue; and Intermediate School 227, 6500 16th Avenue.

Other additions include a baseball diamond, painted games and painted play surfaces, plus fully−accessible play equipment, enabling students with limited mobility to be able to play with the rest of their classmates.

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