Two more sections of Brooklyn Bridge Park opened to the public with celebration this past weekend, bringing new spaces for enjoying the great outdoors and taking in dramatic new views of New York’s waterfront and skyline. Located north of Brooklyn Bridge, the newly expanded Main Street Park and all-new John Street Park make up the northern boundary of the waterfront park.
Designed by landscape architect Michael Van Valkenburgh, the Main Street Park has expanded lawns, a dog run, and bouldering wall. It is also the home of a new park maintenance and operations building that also offers public restrooms and space for children’s education programs.
To the north, John Street Park features a tidal salt marsh, pathways, and a 13,000-square-foot lawn. Scattered about the marsh are industrial building footings found during construction, lending some historic character to the park.
John Street Park is adjacent to the currently under construction One John Street, a residential development by Alloy Development in partnership with Brooklyn Bridge Park.
Founded in 1982, the 75-person Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates Inc. has offices in Brooklyn and Cambridge, Mass. It specializes in creating “environmentally sustainable and experientially rich places.”
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