The waterfront in Sunset Park is dominated by underused shipping piers and industrial warehouses, most of which are being redeveloped and modernized, a la the Brooklyn Navy Yard. As part of this makeover, the Brooklyn neighborhood is getting its first new green space in at least a decade, Bush Terminal Piers Park. Located on a former brownfield site, the park is slated to open this October, and Will Ellis of AbandonedNYC stopped by to check out the progress. "After 40 years as a toxic brownfield," writes Ellis, "it looks like it's shaping up to be a beautiful park."
From Ellis's photos, it looks like the general land-shaping of the park is complete, as are the pathways and shoreline.
The park stretches from 43rd to 51st Streets, and it cost $38.5 million to build.
It's part of the city Economic Development Corporation's Sunset Park Vision Plan, which was launched in 2007 to revitalize and modernize the industrial waterfront.
To give you a better sense of the park's layout, here are a few site drawings from the architects and one site map from the NYCEDC:
UPDATE: Bush Terminal Park was designed by AECOM as well as Adrian Smith. This article previously did not credit AECOM. Curbed regrets the error.
· AbandonedNYC [official]
· Sunset Park Vision Plan [NYCEDC]
· Bush Terminal Piers [Adrian Smith]
· Sports Fields on Sunset Park Waterfront Slated to Open by October [DNAinfo]