“We are pleased to open Juniper South Playground just in
time for summer. The frog and lily pad spray shower pay tribute to Juniper
Valley Park’s past and provide wonderful opportunities for swamp-themed fun and
imagination.” said Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe.
Thanks to $750,000 from the City Council and $183,000
allocated by Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the east section of Juniper South
Playground now sports a new wetland habitat-themed design and additional
playground space in Juniper Valley Park. The spray shower features a lily pad
in the concrete pavement and a frog statue. New trees, ornamental grasses and a
painted turtle game express the natural theme for children. The playground also includes bucket swings as
well as swings with flat seats and an accessible swing. The existing drinking fountain is now ADA
The design aesthetic for the playground was derived from the
park’s early history as a swamp. In 1915, Juniper Valley Swamp was filled in,
transforming the area into Juniper Valley Park.