The NY Times City Room reports that the expensive and dangerous steel domes have been removed from Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 1 playground.
NY Times City Room: The $84,000 domes were installed at the toddler playground in March. But within a week of their unveiling, parents reported that their children were burning their hands on them – and screaming out in pain. The domes were initially covered with tents to protect them from the sun. Park officials said trees would eventually fill in, creating enough shade. But word spread quickly on Brooklyn parent blogs to avoid them.
The domes were made by Urban Design Berlin, a Germany company that says it makes stylish and untraditional play equipment. The domes met national and international play structure safety standards.