BROOKLYN, NY—New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) and Council Member Carlos Menchaca today announced the opening of a second entrance to Bush Terminal Piers Park. The new entrance, located at 50th Street and First Avenue, will increase the community’s access to the 10-block waterfront park, which features an esplanade, synthetic turf sport fields, benches, and views of New York Harbor, among other features.
As a result of the advocacy of Council Member Carlos Menchaca and members of the Sunset Park community, NYCEDC committed to constructing a southern entrance to Bush Terminal Piers Park by Summer 2017. The new entrance is currently open and accessible to both pedestrians and bicyclists.
“I am thrilled to deliver on our commitment to the Sunset Park community by creating better access to Bush Terminal Piers Park,” said NYCEDC President and CEO James Patchett. “Thank you to Council Member Menchaca for his leadership and support in creating this new entrance and ensuring all Sunset Park residents can enjoy this beautiful waterfront park.”
“Parks and open spaces are the great equalizers, bringing people from all walks of life together to enjoy the great outdoors and refuel physically and spiritually,” said Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams. “I commend NYCEDC President Patchett and Council Member Menchaca for their leadership on opening of the southern entrance at Bush Terminal Piers Park. It is a welcome addition to increase green space accessibility for the residents of Sunset Park.”
“I have pushed for a second Bush Terminal Park entrance since 2014, and I thank New York Economic Development Corporation for keeping their promise to open it this summer. I celebrate the new 50th Street entrance because it provides better park access and shows government responding directly to community needs,” said City Council Member Carlos Menchaca.
"We are always looking to improve public access to parks, making them more inviting and easier for visitors to enjoy," said NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP. "Thanks to NYCEDC and Council Member Menchaca for continuing to make Bush Terminal Piers Park an accessible destination in Brooklyn's Sunset Park community."
Opened in November 2014, Bush Terminal Piers Park provides open space and public access to the waterfront in Sunset Park. The design and construction of the park was managed by NYCEDC, in partnership with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Department of State, New York State Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, and NYC Parks. $38 million in Federal, State, and City funds were allocated for remediation, design, engineering and construction to convert four abandoned filled-in piers into this beautiful waterfront greenspace.
Bush Terminal Piers Park features a bike path, two synthetic turf multi-sport fields for year-round use, two saltwater tidal ponds, natural habitat areas, walkways, benches, and a comfort station. The park also includes bioswales, resilient tools to capture stormwater and purify the surrounding aquatic habitat.
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