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Greenpointers Officially Approve Newtown Barge Park

Despite some recent hiccups, Brooklyn Community Board 1 has officially given the go-ahead to the Newtown Barge Park plan in Greenpoint, Bedford+Bowery reports. On Tuesday, the board's Parks and Waterfront Committee unanimously approved the project, with a few recommendations attached to their endorsement.

According to chairman Phillip Caponegro, CB1 has suggested that Newtown Barge Park's proposed esplanade ought to be "less linear in design whenever possible." They also suggested additional green elements along the water and an ongoing public arts program in the park. In the proposed Box Street Park (which will neighbor Newtown Barge), the board also hoped to secure promises of a basketball court, a handball court, and a dog run, with that last one seeming to be a big sticking point in January's meeting.

The board's support is also contingent on the Parks Department bringing forward its plans for Box Street Park at an earlier date than the Newtown plans, so that the committee and local residents might have more time to comment on the designs.

Construction on the $7 million project is expected to begin in early 2016.
· Newtown Barge Park Wins CB 1′s Support, But Greenpointers Still Want a Dog Run [B+B]
· All Newtown Barge Park coverage [Curbed]