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A fresh look for Asser Levy Park: Officials unveil new playground, amenities inside Coney meadow

A place to play: Local pols and officials gathered at Asser Levy Park to unveil the newly-reconstructed playground.
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They’re in love with this park!

Local pols and officials celebrated Valentine’s Day by unveiling a $4.75-million renovation of a beloved Coney Island green space.

The upgrades to Asser Levy Park, on W. Fifth Street between Surf and Sea Breeze avenues, will ensure that Southern Brooklynites can enjoy the meadow for decades to come, according to the city’s chief green thumb.

“The park is one of the hidden gems of Coney Island, and thanks to these improvements, it has been renewed for generations to come,” said Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver.

Councilman Chaim Deutsch (D–Sheepshead Bay), Assemblywoman Mathylde Frontus (D–Coney Island), and Councilman Barry Grodenchik (D–Queens) — the chairmain of Council’s Parks Committee — joined Silver to cut the ribbon and reopen the park’s refreshed playground, which includes two separate play areas and swing sets, with one section boasting equipment for 2- to 5-year-olds, and the other reserved for 5- to 12-year-olds.

Other upgrades include a new spray shower, and more benches, pathways, and adult and tot-sized tables inside the park.

Deutsch and Mayor DeBlasio funded the overhaul, which Department of Parks and Recreation honchos began designing back in 2015. The years-long project to spruce up the park was worth every minute of effort, according to the councilman.

“Today’s ribbon cutting was the culmination of years of working to improve Asser Levy Park for our community,” said Deutsch.

And more changes at Asser Levy are still to come — later this year, workers will begin constructing an adult-fitness area in the park, which Deutsch also funded, according to information from the Parks Department.

The agency is also still deciding whether to allow a lone food truck to hawk grub outside the meadow, an idea some locals panned, claiming the mobile eatery would hurt commerce in the area by discouraging patronage of other restaurants in Sodom by the Sea.

Reach reporter Julianne McShane at (718) 260–2523 or by e-mail at jmcshane@schnepsmedia.com. Follow her on Twitter @juliannemcshane.
Updated 5:55 pm, February 20, 2019
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Reasonable discourse

Mike L from Kensington says:
Nice to finally see. I grew up right by the park and it had been blighted for years. Only good thing was the awesome free concerts that went on for about 20 years every summer. Now that they've refurbished the park.. How about bringing back the free concerts that 1000s of Brooklynites attended every Thursday night for years?? Are you listening Mr Brooklyn borough president? Where's Marty when you need him!!
Feb. 15, 10:57 am
Alex from Coney says:
This is amazing, love the transformation and the upcoming new addition. FOOD TRUCKS WOULD BE AN AMAZING SITE SO THE AREA CAN GENTRIFY!
Feb. 15, 2:19 pm
Alicia from West Brighton says:
Oh yes, just what we need: Food trucks. I guess there aren't enough rats around this park and you want to see more? I don't want my kids dodging rats and garbage when they go to the playground and I don't want to smell shish kebabs all day and night.
Feb. 15, 3:37 pm
J from Coney says:
Meanwhile there is still no amenities for people with dogs - it would have been really nice for the upper triangle of the park to be fenced in so dogs can play safely without the risk of running into traffic.
Feb. 15, 3:57 pm
Ridiculous says:
That’s GREAT for the young kids in the community, however the homeless, rodents and garbage everywhere will be typical in this park. Just wondering why didn’t they remove the ugly bandshell where addicts congregate and defecate. Oh well, can’t have everything!
Feb. 15, 4:50 pm
Izzy from Brighton says:
Alicia must be fun at parties.
Feb. 15, 6:52 pm
Bike from NYC says:
What kind of moron would want to remove the bandshell? How about having concerts there again instead.
Feb. 15, 8:05 pm
Alex from Brighton beach says:
Why is councilman Chaim Deutsch taking credit for giving the money for the park when councilman Nelson got the ball roleing to get money to fix up parks. There seems to be another Chaim Deutsch photo op
Feb. 16, 8:05 pm
Alex G. from Coney says:
@Izzy hahah The dog part does suck, would love that to be an addition...right now the only place is behind blink...and that area @ night is still ghettoish. Gentrification can't come fast enough. But kuddos for fixing the park, a nice step in the right direction. The workout portion is going to be awesome, hoping I can buy a kebab post workout @alicia :P
Feb. 17, 10:43 pm
Concert Lover says:
The Seaside concerts were great for the community. It was geared to the locals. It was a chance also to meet and greet the local politicians. Very sad to see that go. They supposedly have a few crummy concerts at Ford which are not advertised properly. The venue is not accessible to people who are handicapped. The venue is uncomfortable and hot under that tarp in the summer. And don't forget the Tuesday night concerts which were geared towards the senior crowd which had much lower volume as far as sound was concerned. Deutsch and Treyger and Adams, please bring back this popular series like it was. Hire Marty to run it. I am sure he would love to.
Feb. 20, 12:30 am

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