One day after it reopened, Kallos said the playground was already jam-packed when he stopped by on Friday, with more than one birthday party underway. The yearlong closure was bound to be a hardship for the neighborhood — and the events of the last few months only amplified that, he said.
"If I knew that the pandemic was going to happen, I probably would've wanted to delay it a year," Kallos said.
A small bit of the renovation remains to be done — the Parks Department still needs to replace one piece of equipment and add an ADA-accessible swing, Kallos said.
Still, most of the work wrapped up just in time: the next few days' forecasts call for 70-degree highs.