Just a few more days and Brooklynites will finally be able to access more waterfront green space in Williamsburg.
Domino Park, stretching from South 5th to Grand Street, is scheduled to open to the public on June 10. Brownstoner got a recent peek into the 5-acre space as workers were putting the finishing touches on plantings, seating areas, playgrounds and other amenities.
The publicly accessible green space is one component of the larger Domino Sugar Refinery redevelopment project from developer Two Trees. Landscape architecture firm James Corner Field Operations designed the park, while SHoP created the master plan for the Domino site. James Corner also had a hand in Manhattan’s influential High Line.
Domino Park includes its own elevated walkway, anchored by two 80-foot gantry cranes at the north end of the park and incorporating elements salvaged from the historic sugar factory. The walkway ends at the picnic area with Tacocina, a taco stand from restaurateur Danny Meyer, and the adjacent garden featured syrup tanks from the refinery.
In addition to the sweeping waterfront views, the park also incorporates a couple of waterfront features into the design. There are spurting jets of water near a stepped seating area and a short bridge that reveals a view of the pier and water beneath.
There’s also a dog run, bocce and volleyball courts and a colorful playground inspired by the refinery.
The public’s first chance to view the newest Brooklyn park will be on Sunday, June 10 with events taking place from 12 to 4 p.m. There will be a formal ribbon cutting followed by special activities, including waterfront yoga, live music, an acrobatic workshop, arts and crafts activities, and food from Tacocina, Mekelburg’s, Fornino and more.
[Photos by Susan De Vries]
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