Brooklyn Park is a New Park

A Celebrated New York Park Has 526 Acres and a New Boss—but Are the Public Willing to Pay for It?

This past April, a small, elegant park in Brooklyn, NY, was officially given its final name and designation. It is the result of a two-year process that began in earnest in 2008 when the parkland surrounding it was sold to a private developer for $11.5 million (about $17 million today). It soon became clear that the purchase was a rare opportunity to transform an underutilized and historic natural preserve into a new park, and one that was long overdue, according to the New York Times.

The New York Times reports that an “old friend helped out by offering to take on some of the expense of designing and building a park there. He offered it to the residents of the Williamsburg neighborhood for free, so they could put it to use.” This was an offer the residents were willing to accept.

The Times suggests that this was a sign that an area on the south side of Williamsburg was in dire need of a park of its own. In the article, the Times writes:

In the fall of 2008, a friend offered to pay for it, at no charge. He said he had a friend in the city who was interested in buying the park and could pay for the design. The deal was sealed when the buyer agreed to pay for the park’s design and construction, and to hold the development tax parcel in perpetuity.

The Times goes on to report:

The park’s design called for a linear park of about 2 acres, with a pond and trail system. The park was to include an overlook at the water’s edge, a walkway along the shoreline from the public library to a new plaza and the park, as well as pathways along the shore. It was meant to resemble a beachfront park, with a natural setting, the sounds of the ocean, and a dock for small boats, to create a peaceful place for residents

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