Careful Where You Step: Designs Released for Brooklyn Naval Hospital Cemetery Park

11/11/2011 11:30 AM |

The bottom edge of the design is Williamsburg Street West. (Courtesy Rogers Marvel Architects and Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects.)
  • The bottom edge of the design is Williamsburg Street West. (Courtesy Rogers Marvel Architects and Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects.)

Just over a year ago we visited the site of the Brooklyn Naval Hospital Cemetery, an overgrown pasture behind the fences of the Brooklyn Navy Yard on Williamsburg Street West between Kent and Flushing avenues in South Williamsburg, and got an initial idea of what a future park at the site—part of the Greenpoint-to-Bay Ridge Brooklyn greenway—would look like. Now the Brooklyn Greenway Initiative has released a preliminary design for the new park.

The design by Tribeca firm Rogers Marvel Architects and Union Square-based Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects leaves the center of the 1.7 acre green space as an open meadow with “native plants beneficial to pollinators such as bees, moths and butterflies.” At the park’s south end will be the “somewhat formal” “Sacred Grove,” and visitors will access the park through entrances at its north and south ends. Other design features include the semi-circular “theater” area, a greenhouse, bike parking, and something called “the porch.”

The design was formally unveiled at a public presentation at the Brooklyn Navy Yard last night, and now the Brooklyn Greenway Initiative is “working to secure capital funding to implement this project.” And in case you’re wondering, the Brooklyn Naval Hospital Cemetery hasn’t received a new pensioner in over a century.

(Brownstoner)

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