The Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) began work last July on the
approximately $1.05 million
Blackwell Park Improvement Project to:
… provide a safer sidewalk and plaza area for the community to use, it will
provide an ADA compliant walkway to the ramp for the Blackwell House and an
open seating area outside of the NYPL library. In addition, the existing site
utilities will be upgraded, including a new RPZ…
Earlier this month, the Blackwell Park construction area looked like this
As Phase II and III progress, new and upgraded sidewalks have been added around Blackwell Plaza while work on the plaza pavers continues. Look for picnic benches to arrive and the project to wrap up later this fall. pic.twitter.com/5GWOofJpGa
— RIOC NYS (@RIOCny) September 14, 2021
According to RIOC:
On Monday, July 26th, Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC) commenced work on the Blackwell Park Improvement Project, which will help shape a safer, more accessible, and welcoming outdoor space for the community and visitors alike.
Improvements that the project offers include ADA compliant group seating, renovated walkways and plaza pavers for safe, smooth travel, and an upgraded water distribution system.
These improvements will take place in three consecutive phases:
Phase 1: Revamp of the open space adjacent to the Roosevelt Island branch of the New York Public Library, making way for an inviting communal area
Some residents have expressed reservations over the concrete floor in the outdoor area with little or no shade next to the Roosevelt Island Public Library and Living Gardens green area. Also, the picnic tables for the outdoor area next to the Library shown in Phase 3 picture above do not appear to be suitable for comfortable reading while sitting.
Here’s the memo in support of the Blackwell Park Improvement Project prior to the June 24 2021 RIOC Board Of Directors.