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The 1980s will live again on Saturday when volunteers repaint the benches in a Gowanus park in neon colors reminiscent of the Me Decade.

As part of an initiative to draw attention to the underutilized Thomas Greene Park, a cadre of park lovers will use paint over 32 benches in shades of pink, green and orange — a vivid and intentional departure from standard park bench-green.

“We had these very dull benches and we figured it’s a good time to do something fun to enliven them,” said Barbara Brookhart, co-chairwoman of the Friends of Douglass/Greene Park, a mash-up of the park’s given name and its location on Third Avenue and Douglass Streets.

The park has long been off most Brownstone Brooklynites’ radar screen, existing as it does between the Wyckoff Gardens and the Gowanus Houses.

“No one knew this park existed,” said Charlene Nimmons, co-chairwoman of the committee. “We wanted to do something bright and cheery to get people to think of us.”

Of course, plenty of people are already thinking of the park, which is on the edge of two gentrifying neighborhoods — and the painting project is a testament to that, Nimmons noted.

The Parks Department approved the colors, which will be temporary until a full park rehab begins next spring, a project that includes a new playground, play area and a “dramatic” spray shower, as well as cutting down on the amount of paved area and replacing it with more greenery.

For now, the bench project is certainly expected to turn heads.

“The park just sort of sits there,” said resident and committee member Michelle Sauer, co-owner of the Smith Street skate shop Homage. “But when you pass Third Avenue, this will remind you that there is a park that takes up an entire city block.”

Volunteers are welcome to participate in the bench painting, which will take place on May 15, 10 am to 4 pm.

Updated 5:18 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Joe from Carroll Gardens says:
Glad the homeless will have new benches to sleep on.
May 14, 2010, 8:58 am
chuck from boerum hill says:
Gary, please check your map.

Thomas Greene Park isn't between the projects at all. It's two blocks south of Wyckoff Gardens.

You're thinking of "Gowanus Playground" I bet, which is.
May 14, 2010, 9:39 am
rick from south brooklyn says:
I would like to know when the area was named Gowanus ? As it has been South Brooklyn for over 100 yrs..
May 17, 2010, 6:06 am
rick from south brooklyn says:
I would like to know when the area was named Gowanus ? As it has been South Brooklyn for over 100 yrs..
May 17, 2010, 6:06 am
Shantana from Brownsville says:
White people sitting on 'colored' benches - sounds like a pretty apt metaphor to me.
May 17, 2010, 9:40 am
Joe from Gowanus says:
There are no white people in that park, trust me.
May 19, 2010, 8:25 am
Joe from Gowanus says:
There are no white people in that park, trust me.
May 19, 2010, 8:25 am
Agnes from Nevins St says:
This is hype to try to get the nabe gentrified. Who wants to go to an ashphalt park? And it has to be asphalt covered because it's o top of a VERY TOXIC BROWNFIELD. It was the site of a coal gasification plant - which is deadly.
May 22, 2010, 10:53 pm

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