We would be remiss in our renovation of Chelsea Waterside Play Area without proper consultation with the experts. Luckily, some have shared their invaluable experiences...
Graham (age 13) and Laine (age 10)
Why do you think playgrounds in New York City are important?
Graham: Living in the city, there isn't much nature or open spaces-- we need playgrounds to run around and just be kids.
Laine: Yeah, you can't run around in your apartment without destroying stuff so you have to go outside with places to run around.
What do you like about Chelsea Waterside Playground?
Laine: I like monkey bars and the hanging seats that are connected by chains. I also like the bars that are shaped and that spin around. My dad and my friends spin me around in circles. I like the water part; it is so great for cooling off in the summer.
What would you like to see change or improved?
Graham: A set up for more water play, less fountains. I love rivers, that too. Also, I'm not sure how much space you would need for this, but maybe a big hill as a look out spot. A big slide would be cool too, like a really wide one. Maybe coming down from the look out hill?
What do you love about NYC in the summer?
Graham: Mostly everything that involves going outside and parks are open and water is running. In the winter they turn the water off so it won't be freezing.
Laine: It's fun to go for the whole day and do everything at the Park.