Hot dog! McCarren Park getting grills, picnic tables in time for summer

Grill season: The city plans to install new grills and picnic tables in McCarren Park by May.
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This green space is getting licensed to grill!

The city is gifting McCarren Park with new barbecues and picnic tables ahead of the summer season so its patrons can finally have their perfectly seared burgers and a place to eat them, too.

“McCarren Park is a heavily-used resource for many North Brooklynit­es,” said the Department of Parks and Recreation’s Brooklyn Commissioner Martin Maher. “We’re excited to bring even more amenities to the park, and we know these grills and picnic tables will be put to good use.”

The agency is coughing up more than $50,000 to install nine “double-header” grills that hold twice as much meat, fish, or vegetables than the standard variety, along with 18 picnic tables, three charcoal-disposal bins, and two additional garbage containers, all of which will be placed in three designated areas within the meadow that straddles Williamsburg and Greenpoint, according to a spokeswoman, who said park-goers have already been hauling their own grilling equipment to the lawn for a long time.

The parks department also plans to solicit bids from food vendors before picking two to operate trucks inside the green space and one to set up shop in McCarren Park’s field house near its baseball diamonds this spring, the rep said. And the agency is working to arrange a meeting with the local community board before it issues any permits, she said.

The new picnic facilities will arrive nearly six years after some park-goers begged the city to install barbecues in the park in 2012 — the same year that other locals grilled officials over the installation of cooking stations in nearby Cooper Park on Maspeth Avenue, which they claimed would lead to pollution and violence.

And outdoor kitchens aren’t the only changes coming to the green space roughly bounded by Manhattan, Nassau, and Bedford avenues and Bayard, Lorimer and N. 12th streets. The parks department next month will begin a year-long, $4-million capital project of renovating of its track and field, which includes laying a new rubber oval and an artificial-turf pitch, the rep said.

Reach reporter Julianne Cuba at (718) 260–4577 or by e-mail at Follow her on Twitter @julcuba.
Updated 5:48 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Lionel from Williamsburg says:
McCaren Park is overcrowded on sun-kissed days.
Feb. 27, 2018, 8:29 am
Lionel from Williamsburg says:
Feb. 27, 2018, 8:30 am
Joey from Broklyn says:
why only for grils? why not boys?
Feb. 27, 2018, 9:52 am
Peter from Bushwick says:
Native Americans were a bunch of xenophobes.
Feb. 27, 2018, 10:25 am
Suzy from Greenpoint says:
They were territorial, not racist xenophobes.
Feb. 27, 2018, 11 am
Sandy says:
The Fresh Prince was a white flighter and probably would be pleased to live in Trump Tower.
Feb. 27, 2018, 11:06 am
Kim from Williamsburg says:
Installing grills in McCarren park is a terrible idea. Who plans on cleaning and maintaining these grills? Not to mention the garbage that will be left behind and vermin the garbage will attract. In a park that historically has no Parks personnel/ police presence and already allows people to party, drink, and leave tons of garbage behind in the warmer months, this is a careless decision. The 3.2 million they are spending to renovate the park and the year that it will be shut down will be pointless if these grilling areas are installed.
March 20, 2018, 8:13 am

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