Following Mayor de Blasio’s announcement of funding for two new stages of development at Bushwick Inlet Park, NYC Parks is planning hearings in 2018 to set the future of the 50 Kent Ave and Motiva parcels at BIP. To help plan for that, FBIP presents a series of community seminars on the history of BIP’s planning and current trends in park, waterfront and open space design. They are not scoping meetings to determine the makeup of the park. Rather they are meant to be educational and creative tools tools to serve to inform those meetings that will be held by NYC Parks & Recreation later this year.

Underpinning each program theme are three design principles to explore:

  • World-class, 21st Century, resilient design
  • A comprehensive master plan for the 27 acres (versus piecemeal, stand-alone designs)
  • Retain the general balance/mix of active and passive spaces of the 2005 Master Plan


Seminar I – Revisiting the 2005 Greenpoint Williamsburg Waterfront Open Space Master Plan

January 26, 2018, Bushwick Inlet Park
Donna Walcavage (Presenter) – Landscape and Urban Design Architect, landscape architect for the 2005 Bushwick Inlet Park Master Plan
Christine Holowacz – Former Chair of Greenpoint Waterfront Association for Parks and Planning (GWAPP)
Laura Hofmann – Chair of the Parks and Open Space subcommittee of the Brooklyn Community Board #1 Rezoning Task Force (2003 – 2005)

Seminar II – New Parks and the Public Realm: Community Agency, Neighborhood Sustainability and Environmental Justice – Connectivity

March 5, 2018, Bushwick Inlet Park
Susannah C. Drake (Presenter) – FASLA, AIA, Founding Principal DLANDstudio Architecture + Landscape Architecture, pllc
Diana Reyna – Former Deputy Brooklyn Borough President, Former NYC Council member, Athena Consulting Group
Ana Traverso-Krejcarek – Manager Friends of the High Line Network, Former Director El Puente Green Light District
Joe Vance – AIA, Owner Joseph Vance Architects, OSA Board Member, 2005 Waterfront Zoning Task Force Member, Former Chair, GWAPP

Seminar III – New Parks and the Public Realm: New Thinking in Designing for the Public Realm, Sustainability and Resilience

April 9, 2018, Bushwick Inlet Park
Gena Wirth (presenter), Design Principal, SCAPE Landscape Architecture DPC
Pete Malinowski, Executive Director, Billion Oyster Project
Willis Elkins, Program Manager, Newtown Creek Alliance
Alice Shay, City Planning & Urban Design, Cities Practice, BuroHappold