Whee! Tots Get Tompkins Playground Back

UntitledSuzanne Rozdeba
E 9th Street Playground on Wednesday, November 21Annie FairmanEarlier this month.

After a month of exile, neighborhood kids are once again climbing the jungle gym at the East Ninth Street playground in Tompkins Square Park.

Last week, Melanie Kletter, a reader, told us that local parents were befuddled by a sign indicating that one of the park’s three playgrounds was “closed for repairs starting October 22, 2012.”

“We are all wondering what is going on with the playground and when it will reopen and why it’s taking so long,” she wrote. At the time, a parks department spokesperson explained that a contractor was replacing safety surfacing.

By Friday, the playground had reopened. Yesterday, the spokesperson clarified that the “damaged safety surfacing” consisted of rubber mats.