A few commenters (and Mrs. Fink) were wondering what the deal was with toys disappearing from the Harry Chapin Playground last month. We’d reached out to the playground committee but received no response. Over the holiday, WPIX-TV revealed that the NYC Parks Department is behind many of they toys being removed:
WPIX: But some parents are outraged that the city’s Parks Department has started throwing some of them out because they “don’t meet our safety standards.”
Some parents say that if they are still in good condition why not just leave them for the children. Some say the city needs to lighten up.
The Parks Department tells us in a statement: ”There was never a formal program to house donated toys at Chapin playground. At our sole discretion, and in effort to maintain a safe play space, we discard items as they become broken or appear dangerous.”