From A Walk in the Park:
For months, children have been playing a dangerous game at the new $2 million playground in Union Square Park: How to avoid getting scalded on a seven-foot-high metal dome.
The play equipment reaches scorching temperatures in the sun. Heat waves can be seen rising from the top.
The metal orbs were quickly covered at Brooklyn Bridge Park, but the city has refused to even post a warning at Union Square. On Friday afternoon, however, a Parks Department employee was forced to close off the blazing orb, placing traffic cones and flimsy caution tape around it. A shade structure is supposed to go up sometime according to the Parks Department, but warmer weather will arrive first.
I'm glad we paid a hoidy-toidy architect to design this wonderful amenity.