Sign at park entrance (missing apostrophie)
|Location||Longwood, The Bronx, New York|
|Area||1.34 acres (0.54 ha)|
|Owned by||New York City Department of Parks and Recreation|
|Status||open all year|
Printer's Park (spelled Printers Park by some sources) is small park on Hoe Avenue between Aldus Street and Westchester Avenue, in The Bronx, New York City, United States. The park is run by the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation.
The park's name (and the street it lies on, Hoe Avenue) honors Richard March Hoe, who invented the Rotary printing press. The land the park occupies was once part of Hoe's family estate. The cross-street, Aldus Street, is named after Aldus Manutius, a 15th-century printer.
The Parks Department acquired the site in 1997. The northern portion of the park was renovated in 2001; the name was changed to Printer's Park at that time. In 2009, the southern portion of the park was reconstructed at a cost of $1 million, with the park being officially reopened on July 29, 2010.[note 1] The renovation included play structures reminiscent of the printing press heritage.
Printer’s Park underwent a $100 million renovation in 2010, with a design very much inspired by the area’s past. This large playground was built on land that once belonged to Richard March Hoe, the inventor of the Rotary Printing Press. Today it’s outfitted with play equipment whose steps mimic the press’s cylinders, and sweeping white curves resembling paper traveling through a printer. The playground is also eco-friendly: a spray shower recycles runoff water for irrigation of the plant beds, the rubber safety floors are made of 90 percent recycled material, granite blocks were built from remains of the West Side Highway, and the trees were selected for their ability to absorb stormwater.
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