Press Releases

Wednesday, September 25, 2019
No. 87


NYC Parks/Malcolm Pinckney

NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP, yesterday joined New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson; New York State Assembly Member Richard Gottfried; Rosie Mendez from Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer’s office; Lowell Kern, First Vice Chair of Community Board 4 and co-chair of its Waterfront, Parks and Environment Committee; Allen Oster, President of the West 400 Block Association, and the community to cut the ribbon on the reconstruction of Clement Clarke Moore Park in Chelsea. The $1.5 million project was funded by a $1.2 million allocation from New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson and $335,000 from Mayor Bill de Blasio.

“Clement Clarke Moore Park has been completely revamped with an updated spray shower, improved seating, and brand new accessible play equipment,” said Commissioner Silver. “Thanks to support from Mayor de Blasio and City Council Speaker Johnson, this treasured park is now a safer and more welcoming place for the Chelsea community.”

“Clement Clarke Moore Park, affectionately called ‘Seal Park,’ is a shining example of what can happen when we come together to upgrade cherished playgrounds in our communities,” said City Council Speaker Corey Johnson. “This beloved Chelsea park has served the community for decades, and along with that came wear and tear. I’m so proud to contribute $1.2 million to this upgrade in my district, which enhanced the playground without losing the beloved seal fountains.”

“Parks are the backyard for most people who live in New York City,” said Assembly Member Richard N. Gottfried. “This latest park reconstruction will provide fun and exciting new opportunities for children in the Chelsea community. The renewed park reflects a lot of input from the community.”

“This park is very personal to me,” said Lowell Kern, First Vice Chair of Community Board 4. “Both of my sons, who are now 23 and 20, grew up in this park. I don’t know how any dirt is left along the 22nd Street side because I thought it all ended up in my apartment. It is important to me that ‘Seal Park’ has been refurbished to bring the same adventures and memories to more generations of Chelsea kids.”

“We are thrilled with the wonderful redesign of our treasured Clement Clarke Moore Park and would like to thank NYC Parks for its continued commitment to providing both a playground and green space for the Chelsea community,” said Allen Oster, President of the West 400 Block Association. “The park is an oasis cherished by families, residents, and visitors alike.”

The project reconstructed the playground, spray shower, pavements, and storm drainage system. The spray shower is now flush with the rest of the play area so the space can be more fully utilized year round, and more swings have been provided for different ages. The new play equipment meets or exceeds all current safety and ADA requirements, including transfer platforms and ground-level play features. The renovated park now also features additional seating, planting beds, and landscape improvements.

The park is named after renowned author and Chelsea resident, Clement Clarke Moore. Clement inherited the Clarke family estate and proceeded to sell or donate the land to create a vibrant neighborhood of residential and institutional amenities for the growing community. The park was included in the designation of the Chelsea Historic District in 1970.

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