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The oft-delayed renovations of J.J. Byrne Park’s handball courts are finally done — and just in time for winter!

“It’s great they fixed it, but now it’s too cold to use them,” said Mike Martinez, who has played handball at the courts for 35 years. “If it’s above 50, then we’ll be out there.”

The $1.6-million renovations were paid for by developer Shaya Boymelgreen, who agreed to renovate the dour southern part of the park after being allowed to seize it as a staging area for his 12-story Novo condo tower on Fourth Avenue between Fourth and Fifth streets.

The new park includes restored handball courts, new basketball courts, a dog run, a garden and a skate park, said Parks Department spokesman Phil Abramson — and the work was long overdue.

The city will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Dec. 3 for the renovated park, as well as a ground-breaking ceremony for the synthetic turf field.

The city will also formally rename the greensward “Washington Park.” J.J. Byrne was a former Brooklyn Borough President.

Updated 5:09 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Angel 50 from Wmsburg says:
Did anyone think about naming the turf Dodger Field?
Nov. 19, 2008, 2:02 am
m from next door says:
This article says the park is done, but the opening is not till 12/3. Does that mean the big gate preventing access is still up?
Nov. 19, 2008, 3:21 pm
DW from PS says:
Still not open. No basketball hoops yet. Lots of temporary fencing and trucks parking inside them during business hours. Unless this is a rewritten press release and no one actually went to the park.
We waited for this?
Nov. 19, 2008, 11:05 pm

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