Green Spaces Along the Greenway
Brooklyn Greenway Initiative is leading the design development for new green spaces adjacent to the trunk 14-mile greenway route, including the Naval Hospital Cemetery Memorial Landscape, Columbia Waterfront Park, and the Columbia Street Connector.
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 Naval Hospital Cemetery Memorial Landscape is a 1.7 acre site being 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.
The planned Columbia Street Connector aims to improve the pedestrian experience between the Red Hook Houses, Columbia Street Esplanade, Red Hook Park and the route of the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway.
Additional green spaces are in the process of being identified, pending funds to study and develop designs that are in keeping with the greenway plan.
A Community Park
The planned Columbia Waterfront Park is a gathering space for local residents and an access point to the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway in the Columbia Street Waterfront District. Program elements include a natural amphitheater, dog run, bicycle amenities for cyclists on the greenway and several shaded walking paths.
The next phase of planning will result in cost estimates for site preparation, landscaping, and plantings and securing funding from elected officials for the park’s construction.
- An initial public meeting was held February 2, 2011 at which over 80 participants offered suggestions for how the site could be best utilized and programmed;
- A report-back meeting was held January 18, 2012 at which preliminary renderings for the park were presented for community feedback;
Nature At The Navy Yard
The Naval Hospital Cemetery Memorial Landscape is the site of a historic cemetery once used by the adjacent Naval Hospital. Currently part of the Brooklyn Navy Yard, the site is to be developed as a native plant and pollinator habitat that activates the site while preserving and protecting the memorial cemetery.
BGI has partnered with the Horticultural Society of New York to provide training in landscape restoration and cultivation of native habitat, and with the Green School to educate youth about the importance of native plants in the environment. Final site design has started with a goal of construction in 2014.
- An initial public meeting was held November 1, 2010 at which community members toured the site, followed by a presentation by Rogers Marvel Architects and Nelson Byrd-Woltz Landscape Architects;
- A report-back meeting was held November 10, 2011 at which design concepts were presented for community feedback by the RMA and NBW design teams;
- Download the Public Design Presentation
Better Walking In Red Hook
The planned Columbia Street Connector aims to improve the pedestrian experience between the Red Hook Houses, Columbia Street Esplanade, Red Hook Park and the route of the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway. This stretch of Columbia Street has low traffic and wide sidewalks, while the land uses in the northern three blocks are mostly industrial and commercial.
A design process is underway to improve the pedestrian experience using vegetation and plantings. By encompassing three distinct places along its nearly mile-long route, the Connector has the potential to benefit a variety of residents and recreational users of the area.
- An initial public meeting was held April 26, 2011 at which community members were invited to share their ideas for possible improvements;
- A follow-up meeting was held on March 19, 2012 at which design concepts were presented for community feedback by the Regional Plan Association design team;
- Download the Columbia Connector Improvement Plan