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Public Seminar on Long-Stalled Bushwick Inlet Park Next Week, Get a Refresher Before City Continues Project

Bushwick Inlet Park (via Friends of Bushwick Inlet Park)

Jan. 15, 2018 By Nathaly Pesantez

A meeting on Bushwick Inlet Park, the long-stalled waterfront park in the works since 2005, will take place next week, and will focus on bringing the public up to date on its development before the city commences work on it.

The seminar, one of three planned by the Friends of Bushwick Inlet Park in the coming months, is aimed at discussing the park’s original plan and informing the public on current trends in waterfront and open space design.

The meetings were planned following the city’s October announcement, when it was revealed that $17.5 million would go toward developing and cleaning up some portions of the park, and that the NYC Parks Department would begin to design the park in conjunction with the community in the spring.

The waterfront park stands partially developed today in accordance to its 2005 vision, but there has been little momentum over the years to complete it until 2016, when the city finally closed in on a $160 million purchase of the last remaining chunk of land needed to develop the 25.4 acre park.

“We kept a promise to North Brooklyn by purchasing the final parcel of Bushwick Inlet Park, and this additional funding will allow the City to move closer to realizing the vision of a fully-developed waterfront park with beautiful views and amenities to match,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio in October.

Bushwick Inlet Park was introduced over a decade ago as part of the Greenpoint/Williamsburg waterfront rezoning, a Bloomberg-era plan that eventually allowed for residential development in a mostly industrial area.

Part of the 2006 rezoning called for the development of a waterfront park outfitted with amenities like a boat launch, gardens, a beach, and a dog run, among other features. But today, only 3.5 acres of the park have been developed.

A conceptual design plan for Bushwick Inlet Park, part of an open space master plan released in 2006. The plan is supposed to serve as a guide for city agencies and the public, and is to be seen as a “working document”.

The public seminar will include a panel of people involved in designing the park’s plan over 10 years ago, including Donna Walcavage, the landscape architect for the 2005 Bushwick Inlet Park Master Plan, and Laura Hoffman, who acted as chair of Community Board 1’s parks and open space committee during the rezoning.

The free event is scheduled for Jan. 24 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Bushwick Inlet Park Building, located at 86 Kent Ave.

For more information, visit Friends of Bushwick Inlet Park.

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