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McCarren Park Track, Turf Field Reopen After 10-Month Revamp

The upgraded track at McCarren Park. Photo by Ali Fenwick via North Brooklyn Runners on Instagram.

Jan. 29, 2019  By Nathaly Pesantez

McCarren Park’s track and turf field have recently reopened after nearly a year of capital project renovations.

The quarter-mile track reopened yesterday, weeks ahead of the anticipated opening in March, and features freshly painted numbers and other markings on brand new rubber.

The adjacent multi-use field, which also closed along with the track in March 2018 for the $3.2 million overhaul, now sees brand new turf after the old material was ripped out and replaced.

The areas immediately surrounding the track have also undergone changes as part of the project, with new accessible bleachers, fitness equipment, 1939 World’s Fair benches and a misting station now installed. Parts of the lawn outside the track and field have also been reconstructed and feature new plantings.

Work on the track and field comes more than a decade after the last set of upgrades were done at the site, a Parks department spokesperson told the Greenpoint Post last year.

Schematic plan for McCarren Park’s synthetic Turf Field (NYC Parks)

The park, located at the border of Greenpoint and Williamsburg and spanning between Nassau Avenue and Bayard Street, has recently seen improvements across several of its sections, with other areas preparing to embark on major renovation projects.

Last spring, for instance, NYC Parks created three new barbecue areas at the park, featuring a total of nine double-headed grills and 18 new picnic tables.

The park’s three ballfields will also be fully renovated in a $6 million project currently in its design phase.

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