Brooklyn Bridge Park Development Corporation (BBPDC) is celebrating a successful summer with highlights that include the announcement of a new water taxi dock at Pier 6, the first ever community tours of the construction site, and a week-long visit from the Waterpod at Pier 5. As construction of Brooklyn Bridge Park (BBP) continues to be underway, with the anticipated openings of Pier 1 and portions of Pier 6, we are kicking off the fall season this Sunday with Harbor Day.
“Brooklyn Bridge Park has had a busy summer and we couldn’t be more pleased with the success of our summer site tours as members of the community flocked to Pier 1 to see park progress,” said BBPDC President Regina Myer. “Now, new hills and pathways can be seen at Pier 1 and Pier 6, and plantings, trees, playground equipment, and benches will be installed over the next few months. We are now in our final stretch of construction on Piers 1 and 6, and are looking forward to an even more successful summer next year as New Yorkers and tourists alike will be able to take advantage of the Park’s recreational opportunities, peaceful oasis, and stunning views of the New York Harbor.”
On September 13, BBP will host one of the six waterfront Harbor Day sites. Harbor Day is the culminating event of the NY400 Week and celebrates NYC’s revitalized waterfront. BBP will welcome the “Biking in Breukelen” event at the Brooklyn Bridge Plaza—a full day of free biking activities. Bike and Roll NYC also celebrates Harbor Day with free bike rentals at the Fulton Ferry Landing.
Events include a free “learn to ride” clinic, which teach kids to ride safely and easily while participants learn the basics of balancing, starting, stopping, and steering, as well as proper helmet fit and adjustment. Children can bring their own bikes or use one of the free bikes available at the event. A BMX exhibition show will showcase professional BMX riders demonstrating their skills inside the plaza. There will be four BMX performance shows at 12:00 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 3:00 p.m., and 4:30 p.m. Adults and kids of all ages can pedal to make their own smoothies with bicycle-powered blenders.
The first phase of park construction at Pier 1 is in the homestretch, and includes over 1300 feet of promenade along the East River, and 2.5 acres of lawn with breathtaking views of the New York Harbor and the Brooklyn Bridge. Once completed at the end of this year, Pier 1 will add 9.5 new acres of park to the already existing Empire Fulton Ferry State Park and the Main Street City Park. Pier 6 will add about 7 acres of new park, including a 1.6-acre destination playground with water play areas and innovative play equipment built into the park landscape. A promenade will lead to incredible views of lower Manhattan and the New York Harbor. Three sand volleyball courts, a concession and dog run will also be constructed at Pier 6. By the end of 2009 Pier 1 and portions of Pier 6 are expected to be open to the public making the long awaited dream of Brooklyn Bridge Park a reality.