Building the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway
For almost a decade, Brooklyn Greenway Initiative has functioned as the catalyst for conceiving, designing and implementing the 14-mile Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway.
Beginning in 2004, BGI and our planning partner Regional Plan Association (RPA) hosted initial public workshops along the Brooklyn waterfront to develop a Conceptual Plan. Over the past three years, BGI and RPA have worked directly with NYC DOT to host additional workshops and develop the Implementation Plan for the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway, which was released to the public on June 21, 2012.
Two segments are now underway as NYC capital projects: West Street in Greenpoint and Flushing Avenue near the Brooklyn Navy Yard. BGI is actively seeking funding to move more greenway segments toward implementation.
Brooklyn Greenway Initiative is now planning for the long-term stewardship and maintenance of the 14-mile route and the numerous adjacent green spaces that are currently under development. We already maintain several sections of the route, working in partnership with non-profit community service providers, corporate volunteer programs, and many local residents. BGI also maintains three sites through New York State’s Adopt-a-Highway program.
Brooklyn Greenway Initiative is currently leading the design development for three green spaces adjacent to the trunk greenway route: the Naval Hospital Cemetery Memorial Landscape, which is being developed in partnership with the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation; Columbia Waterfront Park, a roughly two-acre property in the Columbia Waterfront District; and the Columbia Street Connector, located in Red Hook.
As additional funds are secured, more green spaces along the Greenway will be identified and designed.
Brooklyn Greenway Initiative is working to include elements of “green infrastructure” along the trunk greenway route and as part of all adjacent green spaces. We’ve contracted for technical watershed assessments and design proposals to help retain stormwater in heavy rains and prevent the release of raw sewage into the East River. Eventual treatments may include new trees and plantings, permeable pavement surfaces, and catch basins located underground.
Programs & Events
Brooklyn Greenway Initiative hosts a variety of events, tours and public programs throughout the year, including bicycle tours for all ages and abilities. In 2012 we launched the BGI Gallery, featuring artists who live or work along the greenway route. BGI also hosts three benefit events each year to raise funds to support our work.
Get involved by becoming a member today and/or filling out the volunteer form so that we can notify you of upcoming events and volunteer opportunities. You can also involve your company by taking part in our corporate volunteer program.