Here’s the contents of an email Regina Myer, President of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation, sent to members of the BBP Citizens Advisory Council this afternoon with an update on how the park is faring following the storm:
I wanted to update you on Park conditions as a result of Hurricane Sandy. In general, the park fared well, with all piers, bulkheads and riprap revetments remaining stable during the storm surge. There was some flood damage to various areas of the park including the lawns, the Swing Valley playground area at Pier 6, and the Main Street and Pier 1 playgrounds. We’ve also sustained damage to electrical and irrigation equipment throughout the park.
In terms of Pier 5 construction, all electrical equipment was damaged by salt water. The synthetic turf shifted from wind and flooding, and needs to be re-aligned. Flooding also caused damage to paving. Repairs are in progress and should be completed soon.
As you may have already heard, we will be opening the park tomorrow morning. Though the greenway will remain open from dawn until dusk, all lawns will remain closed temporarily. The East River Ferry will continue to operate from Pier 1 and Smorgasburg will be at the Tobacco Warehouse on Sunday. In addition, both the Pier 6 and Main Street dog runs, as well as the Picnic Grove at Empire Fulton Ferry, will be open.
On Wednesday, the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy brought over 100 volunteers to the park to perform basic cleaning functions along the perimeter of the park and along the park sidewalks. We were touched by the outpouring of support and thank everyone who came out to help.
Thanks to those of you who reached out in the aftermath of the storm to wish us well during our clean-up efforts. We hope that you stay safe during this time and look forward to seeing you in the park soon.