On March 19th, the city will close the Track and Field at McCarren Park for a year. The field and quarter-mile running track on Lorimer Street between Driggs and Bayard will be getting a facelift thanks to a 4 million dollar overhaul funded by the mayor’s office. During the year-long closure, the parks department will lay new turf, and a new rubber track, at the complex. Additionally, the department will install new bleachers, planters and fitness equipment around the track. The rest of the park will remain open while the track and field overhaul is in progress.
Local runners soon to be without a spot to sprint are waiting on word of an alternative space to hit the ground running. But they may not be entirely bereft here in Brooklyn. According to the city, a temporary fix is in the works. A spokeswoman for the Parks Department told Brooklyn Paper, “We’re currently working on offerings both inside and outside McCarren Park recreation center and should have an update on that programming next week.”
But, since waiting for the City is like waiting for Gadot, not all North Brooklynites are pleased with the news. Those who find the track fine as it is are frustrated. Still others cheer the upgrade. How do you feel?