In 2005, New York City’s historic rezoning of the Williamsburg and Greenpoint waterfront mapped 28 acres of future parkland along the East River. As one of the least-greened communities in Brooklyn, the creation of Bushwick Inlet Park was in response to our community’s desperate cry for more parks and demand for access to our own waterfront.
However, in the years since that explicit promise from Mayor Bloomberg, the acquisition and development of the underlying parcels of land that make up the park has been frustratingly slow. At the time of the 2005 rezoning, six separate entities owned the 28 acres that would make up the park.
Since then, the City has only acquired three of the six parcels and has begun development of only one of them. (For more information about each individual parcel, visit a separate page on our website by clicking here.) And in a shocking reversal, the City recently told community leaders that it had “no funding for” and “no schedule for” finishing the park.
Once realized, Bushwick Inlet Park would extend from North 9th Street across the Bushwick Inlet to Quay Street, giving our community full access to our waterfront. The community vision for the park includes a boat launch, a museum dedicated to the Civil War era battleship USS Monitor, picnic grounds, athletic fields, volleyball courts, wetland preserves, gardens, performance spaces, a dog run and a two mile bicycle and pedestrian path along the East River.
Friends of Bushwick Inlet Park is a community group championing the creation of the 28-acre waterfront park. We need your help in order to make our promised park a reality. Explore this website, learn more about the proposed park and then get involved.
Together we can make a difference!