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Pratt Towers Kids Build First Park in Twenty Years

June 17, 2014
New Play Space at Pratt Towers in Clinton Hill

New Play Space at Pratt Towers in Clinton Hill

The 100 kids living in the 24-story Pratt Towers in Clinton Hill haven’t had a proper place to play in their neighborhood for 20 years, until now. With the help of over 200 volunteers from developer Forest City Ratner, the non-profit organization KaBOOM! and the residents of the tower, a brand-new playground, with a slide, rock-climbing wall, benches and garden, was built in just one day.

The actual construction may have taken just a few hours, but the Pratt Towers Playground Committee has been working on the project for eight years.

“It’s vital,” said Michael Crawford, 48 of the Committee. “There is no other place for the kids to play on the property.”

Last March the children from the building imagined what they would like their playground to look like in drawings.  Those ideas were used as the basis for the construction.

“It’s been a lot of work, so to see this happen is so well worth it,” said committee co-chair Claudia Ghigliotty. The former park area was shuttered for years. It was completely rundown and full of exposed metal. “It was a real waste of space and an eyesore,” she added.

Pratt Towers paid $8,500 for the park, about 20 percent of the total budget. The playground is the third built by Forest City Ratner and KaBOOM!

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