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A Sign

June 13, 2009

Bushwick Inlet Park Sign

Despite the recent news that $57 million dollars will be cut from the Parks Department  North Brooklyn construction budget for the next 6 years, I couldn’t help but feel giddy when I rode by by the stretch of land on Kent Avenue between N.9th and N.10th Street today to see signs of construction activities and upturned soil.

Construction on Phase I

Construction on Phase I

Yes, it appears, Phase I is underway!  I was also pleasantly surprised to see that the Parks Department has installed an informative sign, telling people about the Future Bushwick Inlet Park, unfortunately it does not mention that the park will be larger than the lot currently under development (Phase I &II) between N. 9 & N 10th St.  It does include  a new projected date for completion : Phase I( Soccer Fields) Winter 2010 and Phase II (Building & Shoreline) – Winter 2011.  I am in an optimistic mood, so here’s hoping this sign and upturned earth mean progress and we won’t see a new projected completion date next summer.

Where’s My Park Day

May 17, 2009

missing parks

Thanks to everyone who turned out for Where’s My Park Day?!? yesterday.  We worked with the Open Space Committee of Neighbors Allied for Good Growth (NAG), GWAPP,  Barge Park Pals, The Friends of Transmitter Park, and Park Moms to let the City know that they can’t leave their promises to us unfulfilled, as the realities of the rezoning come to fruition and new towers arrive, bringing new neighbors,  but our new parks are still missing.

The ghostly parkless children arrived first, chanting about the missing Bushwick Inlet Park as the crowd gathered.   Traffic slowed to see what was happening and passerby joined the crowd.  We got moving as The Rude Mechanical Orchestra took the lead and the a chant of “Where’s My Park” echoed down Franklin Street toward Greenpoint Avenue.  We stopped at the next missing park- WNYC Transmitter Park before moving on to the missing park at 65 Commercial Street and ending at Newton Barge Park where we learned about its missing expansion.

The public attention drawn by our efforts got the City’s attention.  As a result the City has made several new commitments intended to speed up the promise of waterfront access as a result of the 2005 rezoning.  More details can be found on NAG’s blog.

photo credit:Rachelle Rae House

Welcome to the Friends of Bushwick Inlet Park

March 23, 2009

Welcome to the online home of the Friends of Bushwick Inlet Park.

The Friends of Bushwick Inlet Park is a newly formed community group that advocates for the groundbreaking and completion of the 28 acre park on the Williamsburg and Greenpoint waterfronts created when the area was re-zoned. As parts of the park are completed and opened to the public the group will act as stewards and advocates for the park. The future park stretches between the waterfront and Kent Avenue from N. 9th Street to Quay Street.

This blog will serve as a resource for information on the park and its development and the activities of the friends group.