Dumbo’s Bridge Parks 1, 2, and 3 to become part of fitness loop

By Matthew Perlman - Source: http://www.brooklynpaper.com

Park your carcass: Bridge Park 1, off of Jay Street in Dumbo, looks more like a place to curl up next to a warm trash barrel than a city park Photo by Stefano Giovannini

Park your carcass: Bridge Park 1, off of Jay Street in Dumbo, looks more like a place to curl up next to a warm trash barrel than a city park Photo by Stefano Giovannini


Brooklyn’s worst parks ever could be getting a temporary makeover.

The Dumbo Improvement District is looking for designers to help transform Bridge Park 1, Bridge Park 2, and Bridge Park 3, barren concrete parks at the base of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, into a workout loop.

“These are very under-utilized areas,” said Alexandria Sica, executive director of the pro-business group. “We’re hoping to breathe some life into them.”

The organization wants to take eight small parks in the area, including the Bridge Parks, which are a far cry from the nearby luxury of Brooklyn Bridge Park, and turn them into a mile-long fitness track. Designers can incorporate signs, paint, custom workout equipment, and other elements — as long as they get people moving, Sica said.

The Bridge Parks, which we profiled in September, live up to their Soviet-sounding names, tucked as they are into the shadows of the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges and the elevated expressway and consisting of little more than cracked pavement, a rusty playground, and a solitary basketball hoop. A few well-placed touches could turn the area from a dump into the perfect place to get your heart pumping, a design firm honcho said.

Read the full article at: http://www.brooklynpaper.com

Comments are closed.