Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announced Wednesday that 25 new playgrounds will be built at public schools across the city over the next five years.
The Education Department will share the $25 million bill with the Trust for Public Land, a nonprofit land conservation organization, Bloomberg said.
City officials said locations for the playgrounds will be based on need and are likely to be in low-income, high-density neighborhoods.
School 180 in Harlem and School 220 in Borough Park, Brooklyn, already have been selected and will have new playgrounds next fall.
The playgrounds will be open to the public after school lets out each day.
"Having quality recreational space is an important part of our children's overall education, health and physical well-being," Bloomberg said in a statement. "These new playgrounds will enhance the school day for children by providing a clean and safe place for recreation, while also making the surrounding neighborhoods more livable."