From the Daily News:
Despite a much-hyped city program to keep school playgrounds open on evenings and weekends, thousands of kids are still locked out.
A Daily News review of 113 school lots that should be unlocked as part of Mayor Bloomberg's PlaNYC found a quarter of the playgrounds were either completely shuttered or partly closed.
On two recent Saturdays, 17 of the 113 schoolyards were locked, and another 11 lots had either inaccessible blacktop areas or playground equipment, forcing an untold number of recreation-starved children to trek elsewhere for places to play.
Not a single borough was immune to the lapse.
In recent months, the city's budget crisis and problems with site conditions prompted officials to abandon plans to transform 34 of the schoolyards.