Construction kicks off on rebuild of BAM Park
The project will bring much-needed green space to the Downtown Brooklyn Cultural District
October 18, 2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(BROOKLYN) – Today, Downtown Brooklyn Partnership announced that work has begun on the City’s “BAM Park” to rebuild and reopen the space to the public after a decades-long closure. The triangular 10,000-square foot park, located opposite BAM and bound by Fulton Street, Lafayette Avenue and St. Felix Place, will bring passive open space to this busy intersection, and help connect Downtown Brooklyn to nearby Fort Greene.
The new BAM Park design by Quennell Rothschild & Partners will preserve many of the existing trees and include new plantings, pathways, and seating areas. The high fence around the park will be coming down – increasing accessibility to the park – and all surrounding sidewalks will be replaced. The gazebo, which is structurally unsound, will be removed. At the Fulton and Lafayette corner of the site, a raised deck provides a seating area, and five trees will be removed in order to allow more light into what is currently a fairly dark corner.
President of the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership Regina Myer said, “We are thrilled to get work started on the revitalization of BAM Park, which has been shuttered to the public for decades. This project will deliver much-needed green space for residents, workers and visitors in Downtown Brooklyn as it develops into a true mixed-use neighborhood.”
Empire State Development President, CEO and Commissioner Howard Zemsky said, “Parks and recreational spaces are an important part of our communities, as well as the State’s holistic approach to economic development. BAM Park will breathe new life and light into a long-shuttered space, and help to improve the quality of life in Downtown Brooklyn.”
New York City Council Majority Leader Laurie A. Cumbo said, “I am thrilled that BAM Park is getting the revitalization that it needs, particularly with increased accessibility. Open space is so critical to the enrichment of our neighborhood. It strengthens our businesses and encourages community building. We will see the impact of this tremendous work for generations to come!”
“BAM Park has been inaccessible for too long, and it is finally getting the renovation it deserves,” said NYC Parks Brooklyn Borough Commissioner Martin Maher. “We are grateful for the City and State funding that will transform this space, and for the dedicated leadership and oversight of the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership.”
Downtown Brooklyn Partnership is overseeing construction for the City and McKissack is carrying out the work. McKissack will start by excavating the site and installing utilities in order to prepare the park for landscaping by Spring 2019. The entire project is expected to be complete by Summer 2019.
Once open, NYC Parks will operate the Park. The entire project will cost $3.2 million, including $2.1 million from New York State and $1.1 million from New York City.