Brooklyn’s Grand Army Plaza is getting a spiffy $9 million restoration that will return the historic Soldier and Sailors Memorial Arch and the landscaped berms that frame the plaza to its former glory.
On Friday, Mayor Bill de Blasio, along with NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams announced the restoration plans, which will also replace the roof of the arch, repair its interior iron staircases, and polish up the brick and stone structure.
“Grand Army Plaza welcomes us to Brooklyn’s most beloved park, and with this funding, we can fully realize the beauty of this monument honoring those who have served,” said Mayor de Blasio in a statement.
Grand Army Plaza was designed by park Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux and constructed in 1867. The Soldiers and Sailors Arch was dedicated in 1892 to commemorate those who fought with the Union troops during the Civil War. As part of the restoration, the plaza will get new trees, a new low steel panel fence, and will replace the pavement for the nearby John F. Kennedy Memorial and the Bailey Fountain.