Community visioning session for Lt. Michael R. Davidson Playground


On Wednesday evening, the Parks Department is hosting a visioning session for the community to share their input for the new Lt. Michael R. Davidson Playground.

The playground, located at 50th Street and 39th Avenue, was formally called Phipps Playground, but was renamed after fallen firefighter Michael Davidson last year.

Davidson grew up across the street from the playground. He spent his 15-year FDNY career at Engine Company/Ladder 28 in Harlem. He died fighting a fire in Harlem in March 2018.

The Parks Department acquired the site for $2 million in September 2019. The lot sat vacant since 2007. The agency has set aside $3.5 million for development of the site into a playground.

Register for the community visioning session here.

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