Following a $31 million investment into phase two of the Bushwick Inlet Park construction project, Williamsburg residents and park-goers will have one more outlet to the highly sought-after view of the Manhattan skyline.
NYC Parks Commissioner Veronica White joined Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, Assemblyman Joseph Lentol and Councilman Stephen Levin at the park on Tuesday to cut the ribbon on the new park headquarters building.
“All over Brooklyn, from Shore Road Park in the south to Bushwick Inlet Park in the north, waterfront parks are attracting pedestrians, picnickers and sports enthusiasts to spend their time outdoors,” White said at the park, located between Kent Avenue and the East River from North 9th to North 10th Street.
“The new waterfront Bushwick Inlet Park complements the existing soccer field by accommodating community art exhibitions, community meetings and public programming, a kitchen for catering public events, playground, public comfort stations and Parks district headquarters,” she added.
The soccer field was built as part of the first construction phase back in January 2010.
In addition to the newly cut waterfront access, the renovation project, funded by Mayor Michael Bloomberg, includes a hilltop recreation space and playground, public events space and a fully accessible green roof.
A heating and cooling system at the new environmentally adept park will utilize a system of geothermic wells, heat pumps and radiant floors and a green roof shade structure that utilizes photovoltaic cells in order to produce solar energy power to the new headquarters building.
The renovation project, designed by Kiss + Cathcart Architects and Star Whitehouse Landscape Architects, also includes a rainwater collection system that will provide irrigation to the green roof.
“Today is the newest chapter in the continued transformation of the Greenpoint-Williamsburg waterfront,” said Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz.
“One of our greatest assets in Brooklyn is the fact that we’re surrounded on three sides by water, so it’s always a good day when Brooklynites can reconnect with our coast line and enjoy the wonders of the waterfront,” he added.