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HAPPY WARRIOR PLAYGROUND GETS NEW LIFE THANKS TO A $1.2 MILLION RECONSRTUCTION
Thursday, July 05, 2001
No. 144

HAPPY WARRIOR PLAYGROUND GETS NEW LIFE THANKS TO A $1.2 MILLION RECONSRTUCTION

DATE: Wednesday, July 11th, 2001

TIME: 11:30 a.m.

LOCATION: Happy Warrior Playground, Manhattan. West 97th Street and Amsterdam Ave.

EVENT & PHOTO-OP: Parks Commissioner Henry J. Stern Joins Council Member Philip Reed, Earl Manigualt’s Wife Yvonne Manigualt and Son Darrin Dunn, and 50 Children from P.S. 163’s Summer School Program to Cut the Ribbon at Happy Warrior Playground After a $1.2 Million Reconstruction. Commissioner Stern Tosses the Ceremonial “First Throw” of a Basketball on the Playground’s Renovated Courts.

DETAILS:

Council Member Reed funded the $1.2 million project which brings new life to the Happy Warrior. The playground takes its name from four-term New York Governor Alfred Emanuel Smith, who was dubbed “The Happy Warrior” by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. “The Happy Warrior” is now more attractive with new pavement, fencing, and planting. Pedestrians strolling along the Upper West Side can relax under a shady tree on one of the playground’s newly installed benches. Children can enjoy the new play equipment and spray shower which the playground now boasts.

The highlight of the reconstructed playground are the renovated basketball courts, known throughout the city as the “The Goat Courts”. The courts, honor basketballer Earl “The Goat” Manigault (1944-1998), who played throughout the city with NBA greats such as Wilt Chamberlain and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Manigault’s famous “double dunk” made him a neighborhood legend, as did his many years counseling, coaching, and helping kids local children. Manigault’s wife and son will be on hand to celebrate the improved courts joining Commissioner Stern for the ceremonial “first throw”. In honor of Earl Manigault, goats are drawn in a circle around the parks flagpole.

CONTACT: Jarrod Agen (212) 360-1311

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