More than a year ago, builder Shaya Boymelgreen pledged to transform Terrapin Playground, a section of J.J. Byrne Park near Fourth Ave. and Fifth St., in exchange for using the public land as storage for building materials during the construction of the Novo Park Slope condominium.
Terrapin Playground at J.J. Byrne Park coming along at turtle's pace
Boymelgreen told the Parks Department he would deliver a revamped playground sporting a new dog run, handball and basketball courts, gardens and a skateboarding area.
But even though people have moved into the Novo condo and the city is getting ready to start work on a $2.9 million overhaul of an adjoining section of the park, Terrapin remains fenced off to the public, filled with wooden beams, half-dug trenches and a patchwork of cement.
Some park-goers say the city made a rotten deal.
"The city can't control developers," said Nick Malter, who takes his dog to J.J. Byrne Park and has been looking forward to the new dog run. "It's a shame it's not done already."