Despite the major setback of Hurricane Sandy, the Brooklyn Bridge Park has been able to plow ahead and is opening Pier 5 this week! That means we now have access to three beautiful sports fields, two new play areas, tetherball, picnicing and fishing areas and picnic tables.
I have been waiting for Pier 5 to open for one reason alone: tetherball.
Yes, we have a 6 year old who is addicted to that old schoolyard game. Knowing that I’m in the 1% who is excited about the new tetherball poles and that the rest of you are looking forward to the bigger ticket items, I thought I ought to mention the other features.
THREE multi-purpose sports fields. Check out the new whopping 200,000 square feet of synthetic turf that is supported by shock pads and an organic infill made of sand and coconut fibers to create the playing fields. So, what can be played on these fields? Every sport that Brooklynites love: soccer, lacrosse, rugby, cricket, flag football and ultimate Frisbee.
Twenty-six shade sails line the northern and southern sides of the pier to provide shade. Players and spectators can watch the game from the bleachers and benches situated along the sidelines. Sports netting also surrounds the fields to ensure that the East River stays free of stray balls, Frisbees, or footballs. Permitting for league play will begin in spring 2013 and will provide open play for the general public and free play for public schools.
The Picnic Peninsula (love the name) which includes picnic tables, umbrellas, a barbeque area with grills, a concession area, tetherball, and two play areas for children. Bring your fresh food and cook it on Hibachi-style grill tops, then gather together at one of the picnic tables made of salvaged wood under wind and weather resistant umbrellas. (Salvaged Longleaf Yellow Pine)
Want something to eat on the Hibachi grills? Try your hand at fishing in Brooklyn! There is a 30 foot promenade with an area for fishing equipped with four bait preparation tables and fish cleaning stations is located at the western edge of the pier.
There are two play areas with various play elements for both older and younger children. An additional play area features two tetherball poles.
And, other big news: the much-needed pedestrian transportation Squibb Park Bridge is opening soon!
Borough President Marty Markowitz, State Senator Daniel Squadron, and NYC Council Member Stephen Levin did a walk-through of Squibb Park Bridge last week. The bridge spans start being craned into place on Friday. Can’t be soon enough in my opinion.