Upgraded Clement Clarke Moore Park Gets Community’s ‘Seal’ of Approval

At the Sept. 24 reopening, kids went straight to the task of breaking in the new play equipment. | Photo by Jeff Reed

BY ALLEN OSTER | It was a beautiful fall day on Tues., Sept. 24, for the official reopening of Clement Clarke Moore Park (aka Seal Park), which had been closed since July 2018 for renovations. The NYC Parks Department completed the work on time—and to the great satisfaction of all park users.

The extensive renovations included new surface pavement, additional new benches, and more plantings. The spray shower area was reconstructed to be level with the surrounding area, creating more space for children to use throughout the year.

Somewhere under the rainbow: L to R: At the Sept. 24 ribbon cutting, West 400 Block Association President Allen Oster, CB4 First Vice Chair Lowell Kern, Assemblymember Richard Gottfried, Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver, NYC Council Speaker Corey Johnson, Jeff Preston, President of the Friends of Clement Clarke Moore Park, with daughter, Lili, and Rosie Mendez, Office of Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer.| Photo by William Alatriste

Several ground level water sprays with push-button activation were installed to accompany the “Spray Seals.” Additional swings were added, including an ADA-accessible swing. All-new play equipment meets or exceeds current safety requirements. A conversational seating area for adults with companion seating was created. New safety surfaces were installed, in a colorful checkerboard pattern.

The renovation provides the community with a safe and modern park/playground, while keeping the special essence that has always defined Clement Clarke Moore Park and the Chelsea community.

Allen Oster is President of the West 400 Block Association (W. 21st, 22nd & 23rd Sts.), and Chair of its Park Committee.

Clement Clarke Moore Park is located at 10th Ave. and W. 22nd St. For “Moore” info, click here.

Council Speaker Corey Johnson (yes, the one on the left), and one of Seal Park’s namesakes. | Photo by William Alatriste


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