Greenpoint Waterfront Association for Parks & Planning

Envisioning Bushwick Inlet Park: What’s In Store for the Park in 2018

Aerial view of Bushwick Inlet Park
Via Friends of Bushwick Inlet Park

The community organization Friends of Bushwick Inlet Park has been fighting for green space in North Brooklyn since 2005. That year, the City rezoned Greenpoint and Williamsburg, leading to frenzied development in both neighborhoods. At the time of the Rezoning, the City promised to compensate North Brooklyn by adding park space to the neighborhood, with 27-acre Bushwick Inlet Park being the most prominent among the green parcels. But, 13 years later, residents are still waiting for that park space, and local advocacy groups like Open Space Alliance, Neighbors Allied for Good Growth, Greenpoint Waterfront Association for Parks and Planning, and of course, Friends of Bushwick Inlet Park, have been fighting from that time til this to hold the City accountable.

The 2005 Greenpoint-Williamsburg Open Space Master Plan outlined 6 goals for Park Space in North Brooklyn:

Goal 1: Create a publicly accessible waterfront

Goal 2: Create a balance between active and passive recreation opportunities to serve the diverse recreation needs of the community

Goal 3: Identify appropriate opportunities for direct interaction with the river, such as boating

Goal 4: Promote a healthy east river environment through sustainable design practices, habitat enhancement, and public education

Goal 5: Develop design guidelines to unify the waterfront as a whole, while encouraging the creation of unique, memorable spaces on an individual basis

Goal 6: Reflect the rich character, heritage and culture of the community in both publicly and privately developed open spaces. 

Neighborhood advocates had enormous success working toward those goals in 2017: In April, Mayor de Blasio closed on all 27 acres of parkland, ensuring that Bushwick Inlet Park will be a reality; in October, the Mayor pledged an additional $17.5 million in funding to develop the park, and over the summer, the City finished remediating the 50 Kent parcel of parkland. Following those spectacular strides, Friends of Bushwick Inlet Park hopes to take advocacy “to the next level” in 2018, pushing the City, the Parks Department, and other involved stakeholders  to remediate, design and develop the rest of the park with community input, in a way that adheres to the principles of the original Master Plan.  Continue reading

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Push For Parks

I’m not really one for protests or community activism, but things are getting a little out of hand construction-wise in Greenpoint and Williamsburg and it sure would be nice to have some more parks (preferably not ones at Newtown Creek, please!).

TOWN HALL on rezoning at WARSAW at 7pm on Jan 17th (261 Driggs Ave in Greenpoint)

The neighborhoods of Greenpoint/Williamsburg are at a point of crisis and opportunity.

Crisis because rampant development threatens what little open space and parks we have. Promises of additional open space made in the 2005 rezoning have never materialized. However, opportunities abound. We have promises made for terrific park facilities all over the neighborhood. We just have to make it happen.

But we need your help.

This month, GWAPP will host a Town Hall meeting to update the community on parks and rezoning in the neighborhood. We’ll also update you on the TGE power plant fight (no, folks it ain’t over yet).

Here’s a sneak peak at the agenda:

* What is GWAPP? * TGE power plant fight *Sludge tank status * India Street End Park Project * Transmitter Park (end of Greenpoint Ave) *Bushwick Inlet park plans * McCarren Park Pool renovation* State Park at N7th * Tree Planting

Bring friends and family. FREE BABYSITTING! Check out our snazzy flyer http://www.gwapp.org/uploads/GWAPPmeetingpostcardsmall2.pdf

For more information contact us at [email protected] or 718.383.3072

GWAPP — Greenpoint Waterfront Association for Parks & Planning — http://www.gwapp.org[email protected]

P.S. We need a few volunteers this week to hand out postcards and flyers for the meeting. Contact us at [email protected] if you’re interested.

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