Field Trip Fridays: Brooklyn Bridge Park

The OHNY staff just returned from an exclusive tour of Brooklyn Bridge Park, currently under construction and the future home of what is sure to be one of NYC’s most beautiful public spaces. Jennifer Klein, Project Manager and Ellen Ryan, Vice President of Strategic Partnerships of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Development Corporation led the staff on a walking tour of the site.

Pier 1, which is about the size of Manhattan’s Bryant Park, is only one of six piers that spans the 85 acre, 1.3 mile waterfront park site, and it is the first to open this December. The construction crew is making great progress, having already having installed the Pier’s amphitheater steps and the framework for its “Tot Lot” playground. Park visitors can also look forward to the Pier’s tide pools for kayak launching and its leveled series of fountain pavilions. Plans call for the preserved “Nature Island,” several athletic fields, an expansive waterfront picnic pavilion, and an entire pier devoted to court sports that will be partially covered with a translucent roof that will allow visitors to use the site during three seasons of the year.

Check out the Park’s plans and learn more about their progress here.

Brooklyn Bridge Park pier

Brooklyn Bridge Park pier area, with the downtown Manhattan skyline

stairs, re-using granite from Roosevelt Island

Stairs, re-using granite from Roosevelt Island

Jennfier and Ellen lead us through the site

Jennifer and Ellen lead us through the site

Walking past the planned salt water marsh area

Walking past the planned salt water marsh area

Exploring the court sports pier

Exploring the court sports pier

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