A Sneak Peek at Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Sandbox Village at Pier 6


A BHB tipster sent in these photos of the planned “Sandbox Village” at Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 6 currently under construction and scheduled to open in “Spring 2010″.  More pics after the jump.

From the BBP website:

Pier 6 features a 1.6 acre destination playground. The “Swing Valley” at the Pier 6 playground embraces the joy of the swing by offering a variety of swinging experiences with 10 new swing sets, including traditional tot seats, twin swings, Tarzan ropes, and 6-seated post swings, all integrated within a beautiful landscape. The water play area at the Pier 6 playground offers direct engagement with the sensory thrill and intellectual engagement of moving water. It consists of 3 distinct features: the water lab, the water channel, and the water-jet field. The Pier 6 playground also has “Sandbox Village,” which may well be the largest park sandbox in Brooklyn, if not New York City!

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  • No One of Consequence

    call me a hater (oh do I hate that term) but sandboxes in playgrounds are just too messy and full of germs. Don’t believe me? Ask your pediatrician.

    Looks nice in the above photos, but anyone who has ever been to Chapin the day after new sand is brought in knows that in spite of the signs to “keep sand in sandbox” the entire place is a nasty, gritty mess.

  • ABC

    Agree that sandboxes are kind of gross — esp where there are rats. I wish there weren’t quite so many concrete sharp corners and a little more shade, but I bet someone in my house will be happy.

    Funny slide. Wonder if it will be covered.

  • WillowtownCop

    I know absolutely nothing about children, other than what I remember from being one myself many years ago. My mother was never one for doctors, but she did listen to one who told her that children need to be exposed to as many germs as possible to build up strong immune systems- she would drop things on the floor before she gave them to me to eat. I never once have gotten sick. I think people’s fear of germs is dangerous because the kids with the most paranoid over protective parents are the ones that always get sick- and then are more likely to spread the germs to others. Let your kids play in the germy sand so they don’t grow up to be sickly, paranoid adults.

  • jorale-man

    Sandbox germs aside, I’m curious, is the entire Pier 6 opening in the spring or is just the playground portion? I’m assuming the latter, given that 1.6 acres isn’t a full pier (Pier 1 is 5 acres I believe).

  • nabeguy

    Kind of has a Burning Man Project vibe ot it. At least they got the turtle into the sand. Doesn’t seem to have a lot of shade so don’t forget the sun-block.

  • Reggie

    I know the answer to jorale-man’s question, but The Where doesn’t approve of the way I write and Homer censors my retaliation to The Where’s name-calling. Guess someone else will just need to rise to the challenge.

  • bornhere

    I understand that this is a work in progress … but is there really going to be some sort of enclosed aluminum tube?????

  • David on Middagh

    Reggie, The Where is half troll. At least. You can safely ignore his posts.

  • Frank The Tank

    that slide has disaster written all over it. you thought the metalic domes were hot…. also, who’s the genius to design a hollow tube so parents have no idea if there’s someone in there while another kid decides to rocket down? duh!

  • http://www.flashlightworthybooks.com Flashlight Worthy

    Frank, I don’t think the tube or the metal slide will be a problem.

    The playground where I grew up had a big spiral tube slide and it’s still there now, 30 years later. Somehow we all survived.

    As far as the metal slide getting hot, um, isn’t pretty much EVERY slide sheet metal?

  • nabeguy

    Flashlight, was it completely metal or just the slide part of it? The tube slide at the McDonald’s at West 4th St is encased in plastic, which makes more sense from a heat-absorbing perspective. No doubt, it’s like a mausoleum in there on a hot day, but it’s never griddle hot. Given that the slide in Pier 1 is completely exposed to the sun, I smell trouble.

  • Mom

    My kids are going to LOVE this.

  • No One of Consequence

    My in-laws in the burbs were speechless when I told them that the slides at the playgrounds were sheet metal.

    Willowtown, what would you do if you got a call of child endangerment and upon arrival discovered that the alleged activity was a parent intentionally dropping food on the floor before feeding it to a child?

    There are plenty of germs to go around without intentionally ingesting them.

  • mamma mia

    Here’s a concept; why not hold all the negative comments until the playground is completed. To all the naysayers: more space for my kids to play and less waiting time for the god-awful metal slide.

    To No One of Consequence-child endangerment for dropping food on the ground? Really? Get a grip!

  • No One of Consequence

    Fine, bring your kids over to my place, I’ll give them a bunch of snacks that I stepped with the shoes I wore outside on the dog feces covered sidewalks.

  • mamma mia

    See you on the playground! Or not!

  • WillowtownCop

    No One of Consequence-

    I would tell them not to waste my time or the taxpayer’s money calling the police for nonsense.

  • WillowtownCop

    Anyway, my point that we are raising a generation of wimps remains the same. Slides were metal when I was a child. They were metal when my mother was a child, and when her mother was a child. We all somehow survived, with a good lesson learned to not touch them on a hot day unless you’re wearing long pants. I suspect as more and more children are never allowed to be in danger of burning a precious finger, in a few years we will have even fewer adults with a shred of common sense.

  • mamma mia

    WillowtownCop-couldn’t have said it better!

  • frankfurt mutti

    WillowtownCop you do have it right. We are the only country in the world that uses so much disinfectant and anti-bacterial soaps but yet our children get more illnesses and allergies than many of the European countries. Like anything, overuse can harm you.

  • nabeguy

    Willow, I can’t say that my mother made a conscious effort to inoculate my siblings and I by feeding us off the floor but the 5 second rule certainly did apply, often stretching to 30 seconds. Of course, I’m talking indoors. Anything dropped outside in the playground went straight into the garbage.
    As for the slides, yes, I did survive them in summer, usually by going to the water fountain and turning them into a water slide. However, given the amount of money spent on this playground, I guess I was hoping for something a bit more cutting edge that combined form with function. Which actually brings up a question…will there be any water fountains in this park?

  • Fireman Seb

    Yeah I agree, go play in Dumbo if your afraid of sandbox germs. while your at it eat breakfast at Bubbys, Iris is getting crowd-ed!

    This place looks awesome, I only wish I was 3 still!