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.

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  1. Karen Koziol

     /  April 9, 2008

    I was in the WSP dog run yesterday and many people commented on the inconvience of this renovation.
    I hope they keep the doggies in mind with the new plan.

  2. Kris

     /  April 10, 2008

    Does anyone know when is the park expected to be completed and open to the public? I have heard August, 08 and even Spril 09, which to me is ridiculous.

  3. cat

     /  April 10, 2008

    Hi Kris,

    It’s highly doubtful that even “phase I” (northwest quadrant – which they are working on now) would be done by August ’08. The entire park “renovation” (read: redesign) is projected for 2 to 3 years from a few months ago when they began. Yes, it is ridiculous.


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