BEDFORD-STUYVESANT — Brooklyn Parks Commissioner Kevin Jeffrey last week joined James Crandall, representing Councilman Albert Vann; Eric Deadwiley, a representative of the Hart Street Heritage Row Block Association; and Executive Director of Habitat-NYC Joshua Lockwood to rename Pulaski Playground as Heritage Row Playground.
They also announced plans for the reconstruction of the adjacent field, funded with a total of $1.45 million allocated by Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Councilman Vann.
“For most New Yorkers, parks are their backyards — places to relax, join their neighbors and appreciate nature,” said Jeffrey. “Since they were built in 2000, the Heritage Row Houses have become a symbol for renewal in Bedford-Stuyvesant and an iconic part of the neighborhood’s landscape. We are proud to officially name this playground as the backyard for Heritage Row residents, and grateful to Mayor Bloomberg and Council member Vann for their continued commitment to open space in this community.”
The 12 Heritage Row Houses were built in 2000 by Habitat for Humanity, a not-for-profit organization that creates affordable housing for families in need. Prospective homeowners and volunteers worked together to build these homes, which are located directly across the street from the playground.
In 2011, the playground received new play equipment, spray showers, picnic tables, benches, a drinking fountain, bike racks and new landscaping.
In addition to the celebration of Heritage Row, the Parks Department announced that thanks to another funding allocation from Bloomberg and Vann, the adjacent field will undergo a renovation. The $1.45 million project will consist of the reconstruction of the asphalt multi-purpose play area as well as a two-lane perimeter track and two full-sized basketball courts. A fitness area, bicycle racks, benches, landscaping and perimeter fencing will also be installed.