Another round of controversy concerning the Parks Department’s redesign of Washington Square Park.
This time, the issue at hand is the amount of plaza space in the center of the park. The latest lawsuit brought against the plan claims that the new plan will reduce the size of the central plaza (surrounding the fountain) by 33%. However, the Parks Department believes the real figure is closer to 23%.
Arthur Schwartz of Community Board 2 said: “To my mind, the plaza is the gathering place. I think the design is trying to discourage the gathering place and make Washington Square more of a quiet park.”
We’ll see what happens over the next few weeks and months.
If you haven’t been following the story, the battle over Washington Square Park has been going on for the better part of the last 2 years. PPS studied the park last summer, at the request of the Washington Square Park Council.