Brooklyn’s oldest park will get redevelopment plan

Brooklyn Parks Commissioner Martin Maher and NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver go over some details while NYS Attorney General Letitia James looks on. Photo courtesy NYC Parks Department

NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, along with New York Attorney General Letitia James, Chair of the Community Board 2 Parks Committee, Barbara Zahler-Gringer, and community members presented drafts for two planned projects in Commodore Barry Park – the oldest park – on Tuesday in Brooklyn.

The two planned renovation projects for the Commodore Barry Park would completely redesign the green space, according to the municipal park ministry. A project would rebuild much of the park, including the addition of new baseball and soccer fields. This project would also add sports lighting, new pathways, landscaping, security lighting, fences, and a new more accessible entrance from Navy Street.

The plan is currently funded by $ 11.47 million from Mayor Bill de Blasio, City Council Majority Leader Laurie Cumbo, Brooklyn District President Eric Adams, and a New York State grant.

The second planned project has not yet been funded, but would reconstruct the park’s multi-purpose play area. The proposed plan provides for a complete reconstruction of the playground and basketball courts; a brand new lawn with seating and picnic areas; Climbing and handball walls; a fitness area for seniors and adults; Walkways and a square entrance.

In addition to these planned projects, a renovation of the park’s comfort station is currently in the procurement phase. This project should go into construction this year.

NYS Attorney General Letitia James and NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver hold up a poster with the Commodore Barry Park Master Plan. Photo courtesy NYC Parks Department

Commodore Barry Park was acquired by the Village of Brooklyn in 1836 and was named “City Park”. It was renamed in 1951 after Commodore John Barry, an Irish War of Independence immigrant hero who is sometimes referred to as the “Father of the American Navy” due to its location next to the Brooklyn Navy Yard, which Barry co-founded.

“We are excited to be taking the first steps to redesign and revitalize the Commodore Barry Park,” said Commissioner Silver. “As Commissioner, my priority is making sure all New Yorkers have access to quality parks, and I know the importance of this green space to the community it serves. We look forward to finally laying the foundation stone on these projects and improving these valuable assets. “

“One thing COVID-19 has repeated to us is that open spaces and parks are great backyards for communities across New York City,” said Borough President Eric Adams. “I was excited to raise $ 800,000 and secure additional government funding to drive redevelopment and improvements to transform Commodore Barry Park into a state-of-the-art open space serving residents of the surrounding NYCHA facilities and beyond becomes. ”

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“With the increasing focus on the importance of our physical and mental health, the rebuilding of Commodore Barry Park will provide community members with ample opportunities to exercise, play, and relax. I am particularly pleased that our children and our seniors have a beautiful, accessible, close and safe space for them to enjoy, ”said Councilor Cumbo.

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