Washington Square Park As It Looks Today: Gated Off

This Parks Department sign – “Working to Improve Your Park: Washington Square Park” – outlines some of New York City’s redesign plan and makes its appearance in numerous places throughout the Park.

People stop and avidly read it because they can’t quite figure out what in the world is going on at Washington Square Park when they see the North West quadrant and main plaza – the Arch, the Fountain (well, where it once was) – gated off.

Even after they digest its words, they ask, “Why?”

It’s an excellent question. One not easily answered.

Washington Square Park As It Looks Today: In Disarray

Behind the Gates of New York City’s Reconstruction of Washington Square Park, pictured here in the North West quadrant, these two Parks signs are falling over, presumably knocked down by machines bulldozing through.

The path has been widened to accommodate the machinery for this “renovation,” and, in doing so, it looks dug up awfully close to that tree.

Does this inspire confidence in how the redesign is proceeding?

What do you think?