Construction begins on Brooklyn Bridge Park
The Brooklyn Bridge Park Development Corporation announced this week a four-year phasing plan for the construction of Brooklyn Bridge Park, an 85-acre activated greenway that will stretch 1.3 miles along the East River transforming the Brooklyn waterfront into a civic space for all New Yorkers.
Designed by noted landscape architect Michael Van Valkenburgh, the park will provide a mix of recreational uses and much needed open space for the residents of Brooklyn and New York City. Stretching from the Manhattan Bridge to Atlantic Ave, the park will reuse six abandoned industrial piers transforming them into rolling hills, civic plazas, a bicycle path, restored marshland, playing fields for soccer, field hockey, softball, cricket and football, basketball courts, handball courts, volleyball courts, an in-line hockey rink, tennis courts, playgrounds and open lawns for lounging. The park will also provide unparalleled water access with 4 miles of canals, boardwalks and floating walkways that wind around the piers. A residential tower with 710 units of housing, a hotel and restaurant are also planned.
The new phasing plan forecasts an early park opening with the first sections to be open to the public by the end of 2009 with completion of phase 1 by 2012. Phase I work will focus on the park’s two main entrances, located at Pier 1 and Pier 6.