City schoolyards are going green.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Thursday for the new playground at P.S. 261 in Brooklyn, the first of 40 to be built in a partnership between the city and the Trust for Public Land.
It's being touted as the first green playground in the country specifically engineered so that the play areas will capture nearly 500,000 gallons of rain a year.
That stormwater will then be used to help water the school's gardens and trees.
Students at the school helped design the playground, giving them a say in the layout and a lesson on ecology.
"It's Mayor Bloomberg's whole plan to have green infrastructure replacing grey infrastructure cleaning the stormwater before it goes into the Gowanus Canal or into the harbor," said Adrian Benepe of the Trust for Public Land.
"This'll be the first time that the school will be open to the community, as far as the yard is concerned and having a receptive environment," said Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott.
The next green playground is scheduled to open in Queens.
During the next year, the partnership will build up to 10 additional playgrounds.