Friends of Bushwick Inlet Park (FBIP) announced the reopening of the Bushwick Inlet Park Soccer Field on July 26 following renovations. After an almost three-year-long process, lengthened by the pandemic and the presence of a federally protected bird species, the turf of the field has finally been replaced.
Since opening in January 2010, the turf was in dire need of replacing. FBIP thanked the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation (DPR) for pushing the project’s completion (and for relaying the information to FBIP), alongside advocacy from a coalition of FBIP, soccer leagues, Brooklyn Community Board #1, and elected officials.
Bushwick Inlet Park Soccer Field (86 Kent Ave btwn N 9 & N 10 St.) is “one of most sought after and heavily used soccer fields.” Many youth and adult soccer leagues make use of this public field. FBIP strongly advises people to avoid wearing cleats, bringing dogs onto the field, and moving the goals, in an effort to preserve the turf.
In FBIP’s press release, they named the “turf coalition” partners for their community support : Brooklyn City F.C., FC Select Youth Soccer Club, FC Select and New York Men’s Soccer, Greenpoint Spartans Football, Greenpoint Williamsburg Youth Soccer League, New York Coed Soccer, NYC Footy, North Brooklyn Neighbors, North Brooklyn Parks Alliance, Triboro United Soccer Club.
“Hooray for all the turf activists and NYC Parks for getting this field renovation to happen! FBIP is thrilled that the soccer community and other activity enthusiasts will be able to get back out on the field and enjoy this new state of the art turf! Let’s all make a collective effort to protect and treat it well to promote its longevity!” Katherine Thompson, Co-Chair, Friends of Bushwick Inlet Park said in a press release.
Teams and other leagues can reserve the field on the NYC Parks website here.
So let the games recommence!