May 14, 2019 By Laura Hanrahan
Local advocate group North Brooklyn Parks Alliance is hosting a public visioning session next week to hear from residents about what they would like to see in the planned green space under the Brooklyn side of the nearly-complete Kosciuszko Bridge.
The new park space will encompass four acres of land along Cherry Street, between Scott and Stewart Avenues.
In 2018, North Brooklyn Parks Alliance applied for and received a $100,000 grant from the Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund to help begin the redevelopment of the formerly industrial area under the bridge. The GCEF funds have since been used to hire Landscape Architecture firm Public Work and consultant HR&A Advisors to design the project.
North Brooklyn Parks Alliance will host the public workshop on Tuesday, May 21 and is asking residents to come and express what they would like to see incorporated into the park’s design. The event will take place at Rough Trade NYC, located at 64 N 9th Street, beginning at 6:30 p.m.
The public input session and subsequent design plans will help inform North Brooklyn Parks Alliance’s capital campaign and eventual construction bids. The development of the park itself will be funded by the New York State Department of Transportation.
A similar park will be built under the Queens side of the bridge, along 43rd Street between 54th and 55th Avenues.
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced earlier this month that the full span of the Kosciuszko Bridge will open in September, four years ahead of schedule.
Those interested in participating in the public workshop can RSVP on the workshop’s event page.