The community spoke and the city came through!
On Wednesday, September 7th, Councilmember Diana Reyna along with North Brooklyn Parks Administrator / Open Space Alliance (OSA) Executive Director Stephanie Thayer and Brooklyn Parks Chief of Staff Marty Maher unveiled plans for Phase I of the redevelopment of Cooper Park. Residents were thrilled to learn that so many of their suggestions for improving the park were incorporated into the plans, which will be mostly funded by the city, with a hefty contribution from OSA.
Among the additions / improvements to the park, designed by Parks’ Emmanuel Thingue, are a dog walk, tennis courts, volleyball courts (including sand courts), a skate park and several fitness stations. Cooper Park advocates were enthusiastic about the plans, especially when they learned they would be getting their much-desired picnic area and barbecue pits, which will be constructed by community volunteers next spring.
Said Reyna, “We are excited to move forward continuing with the redesigning process of Cooper Park – making it a destination for people wanting a break from the concrete jungle. It seems that the waterfront gets all the attention, but we’ve always wanted to use that as a catalyst to spur development and revitalize the community. We’re creating a park for everyone to utilize and be very proud of.”
The new plans for Cooper Park will be presented and voted on at a Community Board 1 meeting later this fall.