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BEDT Park Opening

The locks come off this weekend.
Photo: i'mnotsayin

Someday, the entire stretch of the Williamsburg waterfront will be public parkland. For now, though, there is some reason to celebrate - NYS State Parks will open the "State Park in Williamsburg" (catchy name, no?). This is the portion of the park at the former Brooklyn Eastern District Terminal site, North 7th to North 9th Streets on the East River. The park will officially open Memorial Day weekend, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Go frolic.

Full text of the NYS Parks announcement after the jump.

All the work on grass and plantings at the new State Park in Williamsburg over the past year is really starting to take hold. As a result, though there is still some work to do at the site to open full time, State Parks will be opening the park on a trial basis, during weekends, starting Memorial Day weekend, from 10 AM - 8 PM. A more formal opening will come later in the summer.

To protect the young park through this transitional phase, activities on the site will be largely limited to passive uses including, relaxing, picnicking, enjoying the terrific views and open space. Therefore, State Parks respectfully asks folks to leave their pets, skates and skate boards at home. We ask that bikes be walked through the park and please, no one may go in the water. Comfort facilities are not yet available.

State Parks greatly appreciates the support and patience of the community in getting this far. This is the first small step. The park will continue to be a work in progress going forward and State Parks looks forward to continually working with the community on shaping its future.


The New York City Region of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation

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