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McDonald Playground

Project Location

Staten Island, NY

Project categories

Parks and Infrastructure

“This is probably the most dramatic transformation I've seen of all the CPI parks… This park hadn't seen investment in 25 years.”

– Mitchell Silver, NYC Parks Commissioner


Part of the NYC Mayor's Community Parks Initiative, the redesign of McDonald Playground transforms a beloved but neglected community playground into an inviting and vibrant recreational oasis.

DLANDstudio and the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation worked together to engage the community in a design research process including public charrettes. Community feedback guided the design process and helped develop a new vision of active and passive recreational opportunities for the park.

The new design replaces outdated play equipment, expands existing basketball court spaces, and introduces new programmed spaces including a spray shower area, adult and young adult fitness equipment areas, and a multi-use turf lawn to accommodate informal performances, fitness classes, and community gatherings. 
Geometric pavers and lush plantings provide natural divisions between program areas and create inviting spaces of reflection.

McDonald Playground, 1934
Existing Site

44 Court Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

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