The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission is set to review an $8.66 million reconstruction project for Dinosaur Playground in Riverside Park on Tuesday, November 28. Led by Stephen Whitehouse of Starr Whitehouse, this initiative aims to transform the playground situated between West 96th and West 98th Streets along Riverside Drive on Manhattan‘s Upper West Side.
Funded by a combination of city and federal sources, including $1 million from Mayor Eric Adams, $5.9 million from City Council District 6 under Gale Brewer, and $1.76 million from FEMA, the project proposal covers an area of 1.1 acres and aims to diversify play opportunities, address drainage issues, enhance ADA access, and upgrade site furniture, all while preserving the playground’s character.
The proposal comes in response to flooding challenges across various park areas, and in particular in multiple locations within the existing Dinosaur Playground. Key improvements will include the construction of central concrete ramps and larger tree planters, addition of age-appropriate swings, installation of a new perimeter fence on a concrete retaining curb, new accessible ramps, and an enhanced drainage system.