Playground makeover creates state-of-the-art Whalen Park

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The Whalen Park playground in Bedford Park has reopened after a multimillion-dollar makeover.

Students from the Bronx Community Charter School were among the first visitors.

Community Board 7 welcomed the Parks Department's investment, which was around $2 million and overhauled what had been an outdated playground.

New features include equipment, benches, water sprinklers and seating. And now it's handicapped-accessible.

The park's name honors Henry Whalen, a decorated veteran and longtime community advocate who lived within walking distance. His family was on hand for the grand reopening.

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