“The Pier 6 landscape will complete park construction of the outer two-thirds of Pier 6,” said Brooklyn Bridge Park representative Teresa Gonzalez in an email. “The first third of the pier and the adjacent upland areas opened in 2011 and 2010 respectively.”
Gonzalez described the landscaping as icreating a counterpoint to the many active spaces in the park, such as the sports fields of Pier 5 and the sand volleyball courts of Pier 6, and allowing for both leisure and gatherings.
“The flower meadow and lush perimeter plantings will introduce new ecologies to the south end of the park,” she said, “and the large lawn areas will provide space for park programs and events.”
The landscaping of the park is currently fully funded, with $15 million allotted directly to landscaping and $6 million allotted for pile repair.
As of yet, the $8 million in funding needed to construct the raised viewing promenade has not been secured. This portion of the project includes a wooden platform that rises gradually out of the great lawn area and is supported by thin steel columns.
“The concept for the viewing platform was guided by the effort to create a signature feature at the southern end of the park, to provide unique and stunning views...and a shaded area for visitors,” explained Gonzalez.
Gonzalez explained that if fundraising for the raised platform is not successful, “an alternative landscape solution will be applied.”
“This will include additional lawn and shade with trees,” she said. “The cost of the alternative landscape solution would be encompassed in the $21 million.”