Gowanus Park Plans Approved by Community Board 6

Families living near the Gowanus Houses on Wyckoff Street are undoubtedly thrilled with the results of last night’s Community Board 6 meeting.

At the meeting, which took place at NYCHA Miccio Community Center, Glen Kelly of CB6 Parks and Recreation Committee motioned to fund a total renovation of the Naquan Heyward Jr. Playground. The plans were approved unanimously when put forward to vote.

“This has been on the board’s priority list for a long time and we presented it last meeting” Kelly said. “All of the money is there. We have received funding from various sources to renovate two-thirds of the park and we can start moving within six months.”

Some of the park’s new additions will include a new steel gate, bicycle racks, a play-safe jungle gym with shock-absorbent ground, water-play areas and a clean passage through the park. The last third is currently awaiting future funding, but is designated for basketball and handball courts.

“This is something the area has wanted for a long time” Kelly said.

In addition, the board approved plans for the much-anticipated Gowanus Sponge Park. The park, which will be constructed along the Second Street bank, was designed by local firm dlandstudios. The park will feature sections of specialized plant life to filter rain, storm water and any water overflow from the banks.


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