Posted by: David Giacalone | November 1, 2015

post-peak beauty at Riverside Park (with Play Lot updates)


 – above & below: “de-constructed” Riverside Park Play Lot, 01Nov2015 –



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About 4 PM this afternoon, I headed over to Riverside Park to see our momentarily depleted Play Lot, after Tom Hodgkins phoned me to say that only the slide remains. Above are three photos proving his point.



For now at least, our very special (and somewhat famous) swingset is gone, as is our big red Clifford, the star of some of my favorite photos, such as this and that. If the City has consulted with any of our neighbors about the best use of playground funds, or if readers are aware of the plans for the refurbished Play Lot, please let us know with a Comment or email.

. . . follow-up: We will never see this sight again:


  •  update (Monday, November 2, 2015): Here is an image from the recently-adopted City budget of the proposed new design of the Riverside Park playground area:


LadyBug-IMG_9588 follow-up (Tuesday evening, Nov. 3): After this paragraph is a collage of photos taken mid-afternoon, Tuesday, showing the rapid progress of the crew installing the New Play Lot. Once concrete supports are hardened for each unit, 100 cubic yards of mulch will be applied, the 8 swing seats attached, and other fine-tuning performed. The big, pre-existing Slide remains. The Lady Bug will be flipped over once its support stand is ready.


Note (Wednesday evening, Nov. 4): at the bottom of this posting is a New Equipment Slideshow with photos of the new play-lot taken on November 4, 2015.

Speaking of beauty:

IMG_9479 As a bonus from my stroll to the Kiddie Play Lot, a gorgeous interplay of light, colors and shadow throughout Riverside Park yielded about the loveliest batch of photos I could have hoped for on an early November stroll along the Mohawk River. This Slideshow shows that past-peak does not necessarily mean “less beautiful.”



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— below is a Slideshow of the new play lot equipment, as of Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 4, 2015:

play-lot installation, November 2015 (also, go here to see the completed play lot):

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