With little fanfare, the North Transfer Station reopened its doors sometime in the past couple of days after a 2-year renovation. I’m pretty sure that their website noted that they were closed last Monday, so I think they opened Tuesday or Wednesday. Note that their hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., 7 days per week.
Apparently, I’m not the only one who has wondered what the tangled, orange mass was on the south side of the station. A sign now clarifies things for us. “Artwork. Do not climb,” it says. (I remember Da Vinci had this same problem when he first painted the Mona Lisa. People walked all over it until he posted one of these signs.) The artist is a woman by the name of Jean Shin, and the piece is aptly named “Reclaimed.”
A few weeks back, we had an email query from a reader asking us if we knew why the playground across from the transfer station on the north side of 35th – which was a part of the overall transfer station rehab project – was fenced off. It seemed all ready to use. I had noticed this myself three weeks ago although some renegade skate boarders had gotten in over the fence and seemed to be making good use of the area. As the photo shows, the fencing is now gone, and the playground is available for use!
For those inclined to celebrate, there will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Saturday, December 10, from 10 to 11:30. Special guest is our Deputy Mayor Kate Joncas.
The opening of the transfer station comes as a mixed blessing for wallyhood. The debate over its renovation and the renovation itself yielded 7 articles including this one. Quite a haul for a facility that was closed or in the process of closing. Unless we have an off-leash dog in the playground or a proposal to upzone the transfer facility, this probably marks the last of the transfer station articles.