Pier 1 Park Construction Schedule Announced

At last night’s Community Board 2 meeting (at which the Board approved the Dock Street proposal–see post below), Regina Myer, President of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Development Corporation, presented a projected schedule for the “parkification” of Pier 1, the northernmost of the piers visible from the Promenade. Myer said that fill and topsoil will be brought to the pier beginning next month, and that by the end of spring much of the pier will be sodded and “green”. The Corporation Plans to open Pier 1 in two phases: the lawns on the northern portion late this year, and the southern portion, including a small boat ramp, in summer of 2010. (Update: The Brooklyn Paper states that a luxury hotel planned for the area inland of Pier 1, which was expected to provide funds for maintenance of the Park, has been “quietly abandoned”.)

More details are in the Corporation Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy’s release:

At a meeting of Community Board 2’s Parks and Recreation subcommittee, Brooklyn Bridge Park Development Corporation (BBPDC) President Regina Myer presented an updated construction schedule for Pier 1.

Construction company Skanska has begun installing utilities on the site, and by February will be importing 60,000 cubic yards of fill and topsoil (enough to fill Boro Hall twice) by truck. This fill will be used to create the grading, including a 25 foot hill, on Pier 1. In early spring they will install finishes, including placing steps, building a gate house, laying top soil, and beginning playground construction. Pier 1 will turn green at the end of spring with the planting of trees and shrubs, and the laying of sod, turf, and ground cover. Paved pathways, benches, and railings will be installed in the fall.

Opening in Two Phases

The BBPDC anticipates an early opening of the two large lawns in winter 2009. Work will continue on the southern end of Pier 1 through the spring, with removal of pier deck (leaving the pile fields), and construction of a small boat ramp. The southern end of Pier 1 is scheduled to open summer 2010.

Pier 1 will include 9.5 acres of green space. New in the plan is a set of grand “river steps” made from granite salvaged from the Roosevelt Island Bridge, which will cascade from the lawns to the waterfront promenade. Also added is a small .15 acre “tot lot” playground with swings, spring rockers, and stainless steel climbing domes for small children.

More info. Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy www.brooklynbridgepark.org; Brooklyn Bridge Park Development Corporation www.brooklynbridgeparknyc.org

Questions concerning financing of the Park, which have grown more pertinent with the apparent abandonment of the hotel proposal, will be discussed at a public meeting in Metrotech on Thursday evening, January 29.

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  • AEB

    A question: how will one get down there?


  • http://brooklynbridgepark.org Nancy Webster

    Hi BHB,

    Thanks for picking up the above news. However, you’re quoting from an e-mail the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy sent its constituents, not a press release issued by the Development Corporation. The info is still good, but we wanted to clear up the confusion as to authorship.

    Many thanks,

    Nancy Webster
    Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy

  • AEB

    Whew, Nancy, and to think I thought….

  • http://selfabsorbedboomer.blogspot.com Claude Scales

    Nancy: thanks for the correction. The post has been amended accordingly.

    AEB: if you look at the right side of the map, you’ll see an entrance near the foot of Old Fulton Street. To get there from the Heights, you’d have to follow Columbia Heights down Squibb Hill to Old Fulton, then go left, or Cadman Plaza West to Old Fulton, then down to Fulton Landing.

    If you were on the Promenade, gazing down wistfully, and wanted to get there in a hurry; well, if you had one of those personal jets people back in the 1960s thought we’d all have by now…

  • AEB

    Thanks, Claude.

    Parachute, definitely.

  • Jeremy

    There’s actually a bridge from the Heights to the park in the plan, but who knows if it’ll get built. You can see it in the pic above. It goes from Squibb Playground (currently closed; the grey box with the trees at the bottom center), across Furman Street and in between the two wild-card buildings (the two white rectangles). It would allow access directly from Middagh/Columbia Heights.

  • http://selfabsorbedboomer.blogspot.com Claude Scales

    Thanks, Jeremy. I wondered about the significance of that gray line.

  • Fletcher

    public access has always been the little detail that has never quite been figured out for the park.

  • No One Of Consequence

    I think you’re supposed to buy a condo in the planned developments to have access to the park.

  • http://www.LocalApple.com RadioHead

    anything is better then what the pier looks like now

  • joe

    anybody know the story behind squib playground? why was it closed. Any other future plans for it besides becoming an access point to the Pier 1 park.