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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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Tweet For Bushwick Inlet Park Today!

Bushwick Inlet Park siteCan you make a 311 call and Tweet DeBlasio @NYCMayor today? Friends of Bushwick Inlet Park is organizing a Twitter Storm at 12pm!

After many months of nonstop activism to try to get the city to acquire the CitiStorage site—the last piece to complete Bushwick Inlet Park—it looks like the city and the owner of the property are close to reaching a negotiated deal. But they are only “close” and time is genuinely running out.

From Friends of Bushwick Inlet Park:
We have been relatively quiet recently to let them work things out but now MAYOR DEBLASIO NEEDS TO HEAR FROM ALL OF US (ALL AT ONCE PREFERABLY).

We need to tell him to: 
CLOSE the CitiStorage deal and deliver the FULL 27 Acre Bushwick Inlet Park NOW! Let’s all engage in a
“Twitter-Storm” and/or 311 call-in from 12 noon- 2 p.m. today, Thursday, October 27.
A flurry of activity will maximize our impact!
Twitter: @NYCMayor

Call: 311 (Parks and Recreation: You can let them know that eleven acres are missing from Bushwick Inlet Park.)
You can also sign the Bushwick Inlet Park petition here.

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