Brooklyn’s Largest Park in Desperate Need of Renovations Finally Secures Money

Andrew Gounardes presents a check. (Photo: Zainab Iqbal/Bklyner)

MARINE PARK – The city, the state, and the borough have all worked together to secure a total of $11.1 million to renovate Marine Park.

The 798-acre park, which stretches from Shore Parkway to Avenue U to Fillmore Ave., between Brigham St., Gerritsen Ave., and Flatbush Ave, is Brooklyn’s largest park. It includes the Salt Marsh Nature Trail, cricket fields, a baseball diamond, and several playgrounds. According to community members and elected officials at Marine Park this cold afternoon, it is in dire need of repairs.

Marine Park playground. (Photo: Zainab Iqbal/Bklyner)

“There’s been discussion around making sure that we keep this park the crown jewel that we know it is and always should be,” State Senator Andrew Gounardes said. “This is a project that is way overdue. This is making sure that New York State and NYC keep our commitment to the people of this community and provide a park that every single person can be damn proud of.”

Gounardes’ office secured a $5.6 million grant from the State of NY to rebuild and re-do the playground on Fillmore Avenue and Madison Place from scratch. Council Member Alan Maisel also secured funding from the NYC Council for $4.5 million to completely repair the inner oval of the park.

Council Member Maisel (right) with a representative from the Mayor’s office. (Photo: Zainab Iqbal/Bklyner)

“This park probably attracts 5,000 people every week during the summer months. And it’s not people who live in this general area,” Maisel said. “People come from all over. From North Brooklyn, South Brooklyn, Staten Island.”

He noted that even with this money, there is more to be done.

“We still need money for a number of other things. I’m very confident having spoken to the Mayor and Speaker Corey Johnson that there will be more money available for us when the budget process begins in January,” he said. “By next June, I’m confident that we will have most of the money that we need to bring this park into the best shape it has been for many years.”

Marine Park entrance. Photo: Zainab Iqbal/Bklyner

In addition to that money, Borough President Eric Adams’ office will be putting $1 million into the fiscal year 2021 capital plan.

“Parks really are the great equalizers in our communities. They are something that no matter what your background, what your income level, where you come from, where you’re going; it’s something where you come in and everyone is on the same playing field,” Stefan Ringel from Adams’ office said.

“Marine Park, even though it’s Brooklyn’s largest park by acres, is still a hidden gem that we have not fully tapped into… These parks need our tender love and care. And for better or worst, that comes in the form of dollars.”

Construction for both repairing the inner oval and the playground will begin in 2020.

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Zainab Iqbal

Zainab is a staff reporter at Bklyner who sometimes writes poetry in her free time || zainab@bklyner.com

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  1. My wife and I often walk on the nature trail or the walking path around Marine Park. By the way, you mentioned in the article that Marine Park has “a baseball diamond.” Incorrect. There are at least 10 or 12 baseball fields in the park. In the 1950’s I played little league baseball there.

  2. It would be wonderful if they would make the part of the park vehicle path that leads to the Carro center accessible to passenger vehicles. The building is a senior center on weekdays and not everyone can walk from the street into the park and around to the inward facing entrance which is now the only entrance allowed to members (which is another issue probably not under Parks Dept. Or NYC control). Access from vehicles would at least get one closer, and privide some shelter from weather upon leaving.

  3. This park has been getting renovations for many years. Your article makes it seem like the new bocce courts and rest area renovations were installed decades ago they weren’t. Neither were the kayak rentals or and bike rentals on the other side. I like that they are pouring more money into it but this seems like a political article to pump up Gournades when his predecessor also secured major funding to upgrade the park.

  4. Barbara…you are correct. Having to walk all the way from the street makes no sense. It seems like it wasn’t thought through. That is an extremely long walk for a senior.

    And Chris you’re also right. It’s great that the politicians get money for the local neighborhood, but the park is in fine shape and honestly there are many parks across the borough and the city that are in a much greater state of disrepair. Still, I look forward to the improvements.

  5. Brooklyn’s largest park? Who knew???

    Those of us who live closer to the East River have always just assumed that Prospect Park was the largest (and most beautiful!) park in Brooklyn.

    Russell

  6. We would like to thank State Senator Andrew Gounardes, Borough President Eric Adams and Council Member Maisel for their tireless effort in bringing the needed funds to do the renovations to the Marine Park playground and to completely repair the inner oval of the park. We at the Marine Park Alliance look forward to working with all our elected officials and the New York City Parks Department on seeing this project through to it’s completion.

  7. This a beautiful park I’m glad there fixing it up.cause it’s Brooklyn. We need all our parks fix cause it’s a kids park around the corner from me&

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