BROOKLYN BRIDGE PARK – Brooklyn Bridge Park (BBP) officially opened Pier 3 on Tuesday, July 10, the last of five piers to be converted at the 1.3 mile waterfront green space, adding another five acres of parkland for visitors to enjoy.
The new open space includes a one-acre central lawn, moveable picnic tables and Adirondack chairs, and an open plaza that can be used for performances and events. Like the rest of BBP, the new green space was designed by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates and features a cedar grove and approximately 550 trees as well as thousands of shrubs and plants, Curbed reports.
Kids of all ages will undoubtedly love the “exploratory labyrinth,” an area replete with various interactive features including a garden maze, an echo game, walk-in kaleidoscope/hall of mirrors, and repurposed elements such as bollards and railroad tracks salvaged during the construction of the park.
The opening of Pier 3 means that BBP is now 90 percent complete—ten years after the groundbreaking of the 85 acre site in 2008. There are three areas left to be completed, according to Curbed, the Pier 2 uplands, the permanent pool planned for Squibb Park; and an area under the Brooklyn Bridge that will connect BBP’s Dumbo section to Brooklyn Heights. The completion date for the entire park is scheduled for 2020.