The Waterfront Center Recognizes Brooklyn Bridge Park Master Plan for “Excellence on the Waterfront”
Brooklyn Bridge Park received an Honor Award for Comprehensive Waterfront Plans bestowed at the 23rd Annual “Excellence on the Waterfront” on Friday, October 23rd at the Center’s annual international conference in Seattle, Washington.
Each year, The Waterfront Center recognizes a variety of waterfront projects to encourage communities, developers, and design firms to strive for top-quality urban waterfront development.
Brooklyn Bridge Park is one of four New York projects being recognized, along with West Harlem Piers Park, the Port Authority Ferry Terminal at the World Financial Center, and the Department of City Planning’s Waterfront Zoning Text. The Waterfront Center Excellence on the Waterfront Awards jury for 2009 thought that the Brooklyn Bridge Park Master Plan “contained strong civic design, that it represents a classic case of a city reclaiming a previously neglected, largely unapproachable waterfront.” One juror cited “a poetic integration of landscape, water and built elements.”
Regina Myer, President of Brooklyn Bridge Park Development Corporation said, “This Award from The Waterfront Center means so much to me, and to all of us who have been involved in the design and construction of our park. I’m proud of the work we’ve done so far, and I’m thankful for the beautiful design we have had to work from and the committed team of contractors who are working tirelessly to make our vision a reality. I appreciate this recognition and look forward to unveiling Pier 1 – the first the manifestation of the Master Plan – this winter.”
Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates Principal Michael Van Valkenburgh said, “It’s deeply rewarding to have the Waterfront Center and its esteemed jury recognize the Master Plan for Brooklyn Bridge Park with this honor. The Master Plan evolved from an intensive dialogue with the communities and was shaped by the design team working in consultation with the client to resolve the unique geographic and micro-climatic challenges. The resulting plan provides the region with an extraordinary civic landscape, a testament to the sustained advocacy of its constituents. The award is especially savored as we look forward to opening the first section of this park in the coming months.”
Brooklyn Bridge Park is an 85-acre park stretching 1.3 miles along the East River from John Street, north of the Manhattan Bridge to Atlantic Avenue to the South. Brooklyn’s largest destination park since Prospect Park was constructed in the 1860’s, Brooklyn Bridge Park will offer a spectacular landscape at the edge of the East River, inviting visitors to stroll, bike, boat, learn and play, all amid the backdrop of the stunning harbor and skyline views. Brooklyn Bridge Park is a sustainable landscape, featuring salvaged building materials, innovative storm-water management techniques, green roofs and restoration of wildlife habitat. Brooklyn Bridge Park, with its rolling lawns, calm water harbors, inventive playgrounds, generous sports facilities and cultural programming, will transform the borough’s East River waterfront and become a key destination in New York Harbor.
Visitors will be welcomed to the first open section of the park in winter 2010. Pier 1 will add 9.5 new acres of park including 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. Early this spring, 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. Three sand volley ball courts, a concession and dog run will also be constructed, as well as a promenade featuring incredible views of lower Manhattan and the New York Harbor.