GARDEN-VARIETY B’KLYN: PARK PLAN A WATERFRONT WONDER
The scenes seem more Greenwich than Greenpoint: pedestrians strolling along a shorefront esplanade, kayakers paddling through placid waters, people gathering at an outdoor performance shell.
But if city park planners have their way, it will come true.
As part of a $100 million refurbishment of the Greenpoint waterfront, planners are proposing soccer and softball fields, a visitors center, a boathouse, a beach and a boardwalk for the 25-acre Bushwick Inlet Park.
Also planned is a museum and memorial plaza dedicated to the USS Monitor, the first ironclad ship commissioned by the U.S. Navy, built and launched in Greenpoint during the Civil War.
There will also be a community center, a performance space in the footprint of the soon-to-be-removed Bayside fuel tanks and a floating movie screen on the inlet.
The Parks Department’s preliminary and still-evolving designs were unveiled last week at Community Board 1, where reactions were mixed.
While most seem pleased with the design, some complained that planners are simply thinking too big.
Others were angry that the Monitor museum’s proposed location has been moved to Kent Avenue, the northernmost part of the park.
The museum, which is now a traveling exhibit, was given land for a permanent home on the inlet’s waterfront in 2003. It used a $50,000 state grant to clean the site, which will now be used for other park uses.
“No one’s against the park,” said Janice Weinmann of the museum. “We just want the museum prominently displayed on the waterfront where the ship was actually launched.”
By ANGELA MONTEFINISE
August 27, 2006
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