Swing at LICH Playground Unsafe

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This swing (photo) at the “little” LICH playground on Henry Street (corner of Amity) has been broken for about a year. It’s very frustrating because small kids don’t realize it, try to sit on it, and it’s obviously very unsafe. I’ve seen about a hundred tantrums where parents are prying their disappointed kids off of it. I wonder why it hasn’t been repaired after all this time and I’d like to call some attention to it, is possible. I think many, many families will agree with me that this needs to be addressed at this beloved park for small kids.

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9 Responses to Swing at LICH Playground Unsafe

  1. SGPC Club February 8, 2012 at 3:09 pm #

    If you think the broken swing needs to be addressed, try contacting the Parks Department, or whoever is in charge of the playground, rather than passive-agrgessive posting on a neighborhood blog.

  2. T.K. Small February 8, 2012 at 10:19 pm #

    The comment is more “passive-aggressive” than the original e-mail.

  3. Rochdalian February 9, 2012 at 7:59 am #

    These things have always been breaking. Years ago, when my son sat on it (he’s 17 now), it snapped.

  4. landlord February 10, 2012 at 7:16 pm #

    the swing is about 3″ from the ground–how dangerous is it? geez, none of your precious darlings will die from this. i hate what’s happened to brooklyn.

  5. Derek Jetah February 14, 2012 at 2:16 pm #

    Good news! Duct tape is on sale at Bruno’s! Go wild! (Think that park is maintained by LICH. Good luck getting anything fixed there…)

  6. Zipporah Dvash February 16, 2012 at 2:57 pm #

    The swing has been mended. The park gets good use, so it’s inevitable that things break and require fixing or replacement. Please let us know when something like this happens by emailing DownstateLICHinfo@downstate.edu. We will see to the problem and take care of it.
    Zippi Dvash, Public Affairs
    Downstate LICH

  7. John February 16, 2012 at 10:01 pm #

    Thank you Zippi

  8. anon February 20, 2012 at 6:16 pm #

    For shame to LICH. They should not need to be told that the playground equipment is broken. It is literally right outside their windows, LICH has a contractual obligation with NYC Park Department (under the terms of the transfer of land dated as of July 16, 1993, Article IV).

    This is not the first time LICH failed to identify broken equipment. Last time, it took almost two YEARS to get LICH to fix the poor conditions in the park. And, to be clear, I wasn’t passive aggressive. In fact, I was rather aggressive to get this park cleaned and fixed but LICH stalled and stalled to clean the park and order new equipment, at one point blaming a several month delay to get parts due to shipping delays, as if FedEx didn’t ship from Europe. Meanwhile, sharp objects, rusted metal and chipped paint, graffiti, broken water fountain, missing mat plugs that create tripping and choking hazards, and broken swings (yes, broken swings) was open and available for children to play on and get injured.

    Pardon the long list of links, which documents the prior history (via photos and words, which sadly ended when Bob Guskind died) but LICH’s/Ms Zippi Dvash’s policy is to let the equipment break, not notice the broken equipment and then apologize. I would’ve hoped the new LICH owners would’ve taken a more proactive approach to maintaining the playground since Ms Dvash’s prior explanation was lack of funds. Ms Dvash’s other solution: let’s form a committee to meet and talk about it, but there was nothing to discuss since the equipment was clearly broken. The photos (see the links below) spoke volumes.

    Next time, contact NYC Parks Department to alert them as to LICH’s continued failure to maintain the park. And, by the way, the LICH agreement is available via FOIL from NYC Parks.


    By way of history, and as general background information about LICH park, this article may be helpful:

    There’s lots of posts and comments elsewhere that complain about the park, so it’s not just me.

  9. anon February 21, 2012 at 12:50 pm #

    ‘Tis a shame you won’t post the information submitted yesterday about LICH’s history of not making repairs. When a child gets hurt, how will you feel by allowing LICH to consistently fail to maintain its park and make repairs? Look again at those photos submitted yesterday–they were not from a one time event but evidence of real delay and neglect.

    LICH is required to inspect and maintain the park. How could it not have known about the broken swing, just like it knew or should have known of the prior problems (shown in the Gowanus Lounge posts). I appeal to you as a parent of a small child to put pressure on LICH to fulfill its obligations on an ongoing basis since LICH only responds reactively, and after great pressure, and not proactively. As NYC Parks and ask Senator Squadron’s office the effort it took to get the repairs done. If you maintained the park, would you let peeling paint exist at the eye level (and below) of a toddler? LICH was notified, but it did nothing.