On the Waterfront: Brooklyn Bridge Park
No one should fear that Brooklyn Bridge Park will be an empty place. The public desire to be on this extraordinary waterfront is overwhelming.
Since 2000, over a quarter million visitors have come to free, public programs in the 12-acre beginnings of the park. In nine short weeks during the summer of 2007, more than 71,000 visitors came to the floating pool at Brooklyn Bridge Park beach, 82 percent of those from outside of the immediate neighborhood.
As recently as this weekend, over 10,000 people came to an egg hunt and afternoon of family activities. With 76 acres of lawns, beaches, coves, court and field sports areas, floating pathways, fishing piers, cafes, restored wetlands, picnic areas, biking paths, performance spaces, safe boating areas and more, Brooklyn Bridge Park will be a democratic and dynamic public space on the Brooklyn waterfront, enjoyed by thousands of New Yorkers and the world’s citizens.
In a borough starved for parkland, Brooklyn Bridge Park will be a cherished destination and the largest park constructed in Brooklyn since Prospect Park, over 100 years ago.
For over 20 years, Brooklyn’s citizens have worked to create a park, not an entertainment shopping complex, on the waterfront. Thankfully, construction has begun.
Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy
Brooklyn, March 26, 2008
Letter to the Editor – Re “Brooklyn Vistas, and a Fight Over Plans for Them,” by David Gonzalez (Citywide column, March 24):