2013-04-04 / Other News

Community Park Makeover ParkTo Be Revealed Makeover Soon! To Be Revealed Soon!


Truck unloaded pavement materials into the park earlier this week. Truck unloaded pavement materials into the park earlier this week. Despite the Parks Department having to work harder to help Hurricane Sandy ravaged areas recover, the agency is still slated to complete work at Canarsie's Cecil Sledge Park by the end of the month.

Construction at the East 94th Street playground began just before summer 2012 and was slated to be completed by spring 2013. The $500,070 project at the playground, located between avenues K and L, included reconstruction of asphalt pavement and paint play units, new safety surfaces, paintings, drinking fountains, steel fencing, lighting and tables and chairs. There will also be a new irrigation system, along with a new garden. City Councilman Lew Fidler provided additional funds for the quaint park.

The site was named in honor of 69th Precinct Police Officer Cecil Sledge, who was shot four times by Salvatore “Crazy Sal” Desarno on January 28, 1980. Officer Sledge was alone on duty and pulled Desarno over at East 78th Street and Flatlands Avenue. After shooting Sledge, whose belt caught onto Desarno's car, Desarno dragged the officer's body twenty blocks. The playground was named after the well-liked officer in May 1984.


Parks Department signage says it all. Parks Department signage says it all. Photos by Dara Mormile and Linda Steinmuller

 



Sledge Park will soon be open to the public. Sledge Park will soon be open to the public.

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