The five-acres former shipping pier is now being used to play a variety of sports. This $26 million project was designed to be adaptable and allow for multiple sports to be played at one time. Two of the three fields can be combined to create a regulation soccer field.
The new fields will also be able to accommodate lacrosse, rugby, cricket, flag football and ultimate Frisbee.
The north and south sides of the pier will be protected from the sun with shade sails, while at night light will be provided from 30 light poles around the perimeter of the fields.
A 30-foot promenade surrounding the fields will offer an opportunity for visitors to get out on the water and even fish. Adjacent to Pier 5 will be a picnic peninsula with a barbeque area equipped with over two dozen grills and a two play areas for children.
The project is completed at a time when foot traffic in the park may increase. In the next several weeks, the 244-foot Squibb Park Bridge that will connect the Brooklyn Heights community is set to be completed.
On Thursday, December 13, Mayor Michael Bloomberg officially opened the new fields in the park. “The beautiful and innovative Brooklyn Bridge Park has quickly become one of the main attractions in the newly revitalized New York harbor,” he said. “In summer 2012, the park welcomed 90,000 visitors per weekend.”
“Brooklyn Bridge Park is one of the city’s finest examples of adaptive reuse,” said New York City Park Commissioner Veronica White. “And with the opening of Pier 5, this once barren space will come alive with a variety of sports and activities for visitors to enjoy.”