The decision, which came earlier this week, marks a defeat for the Brooklyn Bridge Park Defense Fund, which has vehemently opposed the creation of new housing on the parkland’s edge in order to finance the maintenance.
Many hurdles remain: the planned parkland, on the drawing boards for well over a decade, is substantially over budget given the increase in construction costs, and no sources have been identified to cover the shortfall. Further, the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation is resisting the concept of floating walkways that run through the park, as the agency is concerned about effects the structures could have on marine life.
The Defense Fund expects to appeal to the Court of Appeals, the highest court in the state.
Release from the Defense Fund below.
The once active park was redesigned to satisfy the interests of park-dwellers. A 180 berth yachting marina, passive wetlands and floating walkways have replaced the swimming pools, ice-skating rink, baseball diamonds, and year-round sports field house that were in the original park plan, before housing was considered for the park. There are few destinations and limited access to draw people of all ages to the park.