Official Opening of Pier 2 and Pier 4 Beach Thursday

While the Pier 4 beach (photo) and Pier 2, with its athletic facilities (see photo after the jump) have been accessible to the public for several days now, they will both be officially opened this Thursday (May 22) afternoon.

From Brooklyn Bridge Park:

Our program will kick off promptly at 3:30pm with a celebratory ribbon-cutting, followed by clinics and programs on our bocce, shuffleboard, handball and basketball courts.

Pier 2 is the Park’s second active recreation pier, and features five acres of active recreation courts for basketball, handball, shuffleboard and bocce, as well as a full size roller skating rink, swings, picnic tables, restrooms and fitness equipment. Pier 4 Beach is a unique sandy shoreline that allows park visitors to access the East River for non-motorized boating and educational programs.

The ribbon-cutting will take place at the entrance to Pier 2. All are invited to this free event.

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  • Poplar

    So wonderful to have more of the park open. Checked out the Pier 4 beach on Sunday. There is a rocky island easily reached when the tide’s out and lots of people were busy climbing on it. Periodically a parks department worker would drive by and yell “no climbing on the rocks!” Short of positioning a guard there or building a fence I’m not sure how they’re planning on enforcing this rule.

  • klark

    or how will they enforce people unfamiliar with the strong currents in this area taking a quick dip in the water on a hot day. The currents in that area undertoe are some of the most brutal in the country. From the surface you not tell the currents. I see a lot of rescues in that area .

  • Jorale-man

    I predict a lifeguard will not be far behind. There were some people there yesterday evening with snorkel gear with them. I’m not sure how much there is to see there but they seemed intent on finding out.

  • Lavnyc

    That’s my kid playing hoops! He thinks he’s famous now.

  • Eddyde

    Anyone who swims in that filthy cesspool is an idiot.

  • David G.

    I went down there last night and it was fantastic. I found a pickup game and played some ball. It’s going to be great to have 10 basketball hoops in the neighborhood.

  • Banet

    For what it’s worth, there’s been a “beach” down in Dumbo at the north end of the Park for a decade or so and the currents are much stronger there. I don’t recall EVER seeing anyone in the water there or EVER hearing of anyone going swimming there.

    Maybe the currents are more visible there… or maybe people are smarter than we give them credit for. :-)

  • Joshua Goodman

    Posts like these make me miss Brooklyn Heights.. if you’re in 11201 or nearby, take advantage!

  • Slobodan

    Dissappointing outcome. Definitely not an oasis of calm

  • Andrew Porter

    Please do not feed troll.