Brooklyn Bridge Park Wins Prestigious Urban Design Award
Brooklyn Bridge Park will receive the 2014 National Planning Excellence Award for Urban Design at this year’s American Planning Association Conference in Atlanta. Brooklyn Bridge Park transformed what was once 1.3 miles of inaccessible formally industrial waterfront. Twenty years of extensive community planning and grassroots advocacy developed three design principles for the park that included (1) returning the waterfront to public use, (2) creating multi-use civic space, and (3) reconnection of adjacent neighborhoods.
Today, the park attracts about 108,000 people during an average summer weekend and host frequent free public events for all age groups ranging from Tai Chi for seniors to serving as laboratory for students to study ecology and geology. Currently, the park features three activated piers, a carousel, parkwide greenway, waterfront promenades, and a Squibb Park Bridge. Future plans for the park include calm water zones for non-motorized boating, basketball and handball courts, multi-use lawns, a skating rink, a marina. Upon completion, Brooklyn Bridge Park will span a total of 85 acres along the East River.
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