More New Plans for St. Mary’s Playground

More New Plans for St. Mary’s Playground

As you might have seen earlier this year, a major reconstruction is in the works for St. Mary’s Playground (under the F and G tracks, along Smith Street from Luquer to Huntington Streets).

The park has long been closed, due to MTA’s rehabilitation of the Culver Viaduct and nearby Smith 9th Street station. But with that work largely complete, we’re working to bring it back!

On Wednesday night, the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation will present their preliminary design for the northern half of St. Mary’s Playground (between Luquer and Nelson Streets) at the Brooklyn Community Board 6 Parks Committee:

NYC Parks Department Presentation on St. Mary’s Playground—Phase II
Brooklyn Community Board 6 Parks Committee Meeting
November 18 at 6:30 PM
Cobble Hill Community Room
250 Baltic Street (between Court & Clinton Streets)

All are welcome to attend. Over the last two years, I have been happy to allocate $1 million in funding for the two-part renovation, which will include reconstruction of the playground, a multi-purpose play area, and skate park elements. The MTA and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams have also allocated funding for the project. 

As you may remember, in June, the NYC Parks Department presented a design for the southern of the park (between Nelson and Huntington Streets). That first phase includes play areas for children of different ages, spray showers, new plantings, and tables and chairs.

The second phase of the renovation will focus on creating an area for sport courts. This part of the park could include synthetic turf, skate ramps, basketball hoops, and exercise equipment.  You can see the concept diagrams for the space here. On Wednesday night, the NYC Parks Department will present a preliminary design.

These designs draw on the feedback given by over 400 community members, who weighed in using a survey distributed by District Leader Paige Bellenbaum earlier this year, as well as ideas from the Bridging Gowanus community planning process.

I look forward to continuing to work together with families in Gowanus and Carroll Gardens to design public parks that we can be proud of.

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