Chelsea Waterside Play Area Capital Campaign
Among Hudson River Park's four unique playgrounds, Chelsea Waterside Play Area has been a prime destination ever since it was built in 2000. This playground has consistently attracted nearby families and children, and is of particular value to students from neighborhood schools and youth from New York City Housing Authority residencies in Chelsea.
After almost 15 years of rigorous (and lovingly enthusiastic) wear and tear, the Chelsea Waterside Play Area is falling into an unfortunate state of disrepair. Several pieces of play equipment have become worn out, including some now marked “off-limits” to the public due to safety concerns. The safety surfacing is in need of replacement, and many of the water features are in need of maintenance.
Friends of Hudson River Park is embarking on a campaign to raise $2 million to completely restore and reimagine this important resource for children and families. Contributions to the Capital Campaign will fund myriad renovation projects, including:
• Replace all rubber safety surfacing
• Renew all play equipment, ensuring structures are safe, stable and age appropriate
• Refurbish water play features
• Improve drainage system
• Overhaul site amenities
• Restore entrance gates
• Ensure sustained funding for future maintenance and repair