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CHELSEA NEWS: Slice of Heaven Returns to Hell’s Kitchen

June 30, 2016

June 30, 2016

Ramon Aponte Park, in Hell’s Kitchen, is welcoming back families.

The pocket park, on West 47th Street between Eighth and Ninth Avenues, received a full facelift, including new play equipment and plantings.

The $1.3 million project opened up the roughly two-tenths of an acre space, and added a spray shower, swings and seating. Drainage was also improved.

“Parks like this one are neighborhood gems that communities embrace as their backyards, benefiting their physical and mental health,” Parks Department Commissioner Mitchell Silver said during a ribbon cutting ceremony Wednesday. “Ramon Aponte Park exists in Hell’s Kitchen due to the passion and commitment of its namesake.”

The park was built on the site of a former police station in 1979 and named after a resident activist who had lobbied for its construction. The park was reconstructed once before, in 1991.

“Here on the West Side, we need to maximize all of the open space we have,” Councilman Corey Johnson said at the ribbon cutting. “That’s exactly what NYC Parks has done with Ramon Aponte Park, and I’m thrilled with the results.”

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