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Trust for Public Land - Community Playground

The Trust for Public Land creates safe, accessible parks where every child in New York City can exercise their mind and muscles. Participatory design is the cornerstone of The Trust for Public Land's Playgrounds Program. At PS62, a participatory design process that included students, school staff, and community members was facilitated and resulted in this beautiful new playground.

An important part of the design process was planning for the use and care of the new playground.  Our students play during the school day during classwork, lunchtime, and PE time. After school and on weekends, it is used as a safe haven for families to enjoy the fresh air and play on the equipment or courts.

The South Queens Boys and Girls Club use the playground for regular sports events every weekend (see schedule).  Ms. Cutrone, a 2nd grade teacher at PS 62 hosts the Mighty Milers Club (Road Runners of NY) every week where students set goals for themselves to run a specific distance in a set time around the track.

In the summer of 2010, the PS 62 Playground Committee presented a weekly “Art In the Park” activity- story time and arts and crafts for children K-5. This project has brought more families to our playground and encouraged them to take ownership of the space.

We invite you to propose events for the use of your community playground.