Friends of DeSalvio Playground


Friends of DeSalvio Playground

Friends of DeSalvio Playground is a volunteer community organization dedicated to the renewal of our Playground. The playground is located at the corner of Spring Street and Mulberry Street at the crossroads of Little Italy, Nolita, Soho, and Chinatown. Since 2010 Friends of DeSalvio Playground has been working with New York City agencies, elected officials and community organizations such as Bowery Babes, a local parenting group, to push for a complete renovation and modernization of the site. Full funding of $1.9 million for the design and capital construction was allocated in the 2014 NYC Fiscal Budget. Design and construction plans are now ongoing. A bid has been accepted for the work by NYC Parks and work is currently scheduled to begin by the end of the summer 2016.

Friends of DeSalvio Playground is a member park of Green Below 14 who improves parks, playgrounds and other open, public spaces in lower Manhattan (South of 14th Street).

Friends of DeSalvio Playground enjoys fiscal sponsorship from Green Below 14, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization.



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Organized Extensive Community Input for Scoping of DeSalvio

Over a series of years, Friends of DeSalvio worked to collect and organize community input into what would be a desirable new playground at the site.   The final scoping …


Short-term goals for Friends of DeSalvio Playground:

  • Work with NYC officials and NYC Parks Department on a timely construction process
  • Keep community informed about design and construction phases and timelines
  • Continue to fund seasonal supplemental maintenance (Spring & Summer)
  • Install signs reminding public of general rules (No Smoking, No feeding birds, No Dogs, Please dispose of trash properly, etc.)
  • Buy new, covered trash cans, as many of the existing have rotted out have no bottoms

Long-term goals for friends of DeSalvio Playground:

  • Explore rotating art murals for East and South walls
  • Engage local businesses to support and participate in programming and maintenance for the park both financially and in kind
  • Establish regular programming – Play mobiles, basketballs skills classes, tai chi, movie nights, frozen yogurt and other local food vendor sampling opportunities
  • Explore opportunities for additional funding and support through NYC Economic Development Corp
  • Grow neighborhood donor base

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c/o Green Below 14
632 Broadway, 9th Floor
New York, NY 10012

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