With the first phase of the park’s reconstruction -- including a new cricket oval -- now complete, attention is turning to construction of the second phase of the project, said Marty Maher, Brooklyn parks chief of staff for the city’s Department of Parks & Recreation, during a presentation to members of the United Canarsie South Civic Association (UCSCA).
Addressing the group gathered for their June meeting at the Hebrew Educational Society (HES), 9502 Seaview Avenue, Maher said it was expected that the second phase of the project would begin this fall. In addition, Maher said, the third phase of the project is being put out to bid. “The money is there,” Maher assured his listeners, “and I think we’ll see construction in the spring of 2010.”
The second phase of the project, Maher told the group, includes the music pavilion, continued work on the woodland section of the park, a fitness trail and a connector path that crosses the park, at a cost of nearly $4 million. A hill that is included in phase two should “provide you with a great lookout where you can look out over the bay, Paerdegat Basin and the new tidal ponds,” Maher pointed out.
The second phase should take about a year to complete, he said. Work on it should not inhibit the ability of residents to access other areas of the park that have been completed, Maher also said.
The third phase will include the “plaza-style” skate park -- whose design will mimic “an actual streetscape” -- and a new playground nearby, Both facilities will be close to the new cricket oval. To design the skate park, which will also be usable by BMX enthusiasts, Parks Department staffers have already met with skateboarders, Maher said. “All of their ideas are being incorporated in the scope,” he went on.
The total cost for the three phases is close to $12 million, Maher noted. That money was secured over the course of several years by City Councilmember Lewis Fidler.
Now in the park are “two tidal ponds connected by a salt water stream,” that were added during the first phase of the restoration, Maher said. “You don’t feel like you’re in New York City. Take a walk in the back. You’re going to be amazed.” Nonetheless, there is “more work to be done in the area,” Maher added, noting, “We are trying to re-establish some of the wildlife habitat here.”