Columbia St Waterfront Park

Green Spaces Along the Greenway

Brooklyn Greenway Initiative is working on the creation of new green spaces adjacent to the Greenway, including the Naval Cemetery Landscape, Columbia Waterfront Park, and Williamsburg Bridge Park.

Columbia Waterfront Park is a planned green space that will provide a new amenity to the Columbia Street waterfront. The park will be developed on a roughly two-acre property that extends from Kane Street to Degraw Street on the west side of Columbia Street. The first phase of the park commenced in Spring 2014 when BGI volunteers completed a native grass planting.

The Naval Cemetery Landscape is a 1.7 acre site developed in partnership with the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation. The design is for a landscape of native plants beneficial to pollinators such as bees, moths and butterflies. Ground breaking will take place in 2015. $2M in capital funding has been secured from public and private sources.

Williamsburg Bridge Park is a community-driven project for which BGI and RPA have created an economic prospectus. The site is currently occupied by City agencies and runs along the East River from Broadway to South 5th Street.

BGI seeks opportunities to create additional open spaces along the greenway route in order to provide opportunities for envelopment in nature and relief from the built environment. BGI’s open space development emphasizes the restoration of native plant communities that provide habitat and food sources for pollinators and birds.

Columbia Waterfront Park

The Columbia Waterfront Park is a proposed two-acre gathering space for local residents and an access point to the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway in the Columbia Street Waterfront District. A concept plan for the park was developed in community-based planning workshops. Elements of the initial concept plan include a natural amphitheater, dog run, bicycle amenities for cyclists and several shaded walking paths and natural areas. The property is controlled by The NYC Department of Transportation (DOT) which has agreed to transfer it to the Parks Department. NYC Parks wants to see the funding for the park’s development secured first.

As an interim measure, DOT has allowed BGI and its volunteers to plant a 20-foot strip of the site along the greenway with native flowers and grasses. The fence that separates the greenway has been moved back 20 feet to add the 20-foot strip of meadow to the existing greenway and in 2015, DOT installed benches and bike racks.

In August 2015, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams allocated $500,000 in funding out of nearly $12 million allocated to parks across Brooklyn. Additional funds are still to be secured for the park’s construction.