Renovated Van Nest playground offers safety for kids, parents

After almost a year of renovations, the Van Nest playground is finally open to the public.



Officials say that the park needed a major makeover.



"The way this park looked, and how it was treated, it needed a makeover,"said city Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver.



The completed playground offers parents a place where their children can play safely.



"In the last year that we didn't have the park, there was a lot more crime in the area...it caused problems," said Lily Barker, whose son plays at the playground.


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