How to Create a World-Class Park for the Ages?

The Greenline
February 1, 2018

First in a series of monthly talks to engage community’s input in planning Bushwick Inlet Park

Friends of Bushwick Inlet Park hopes its winter discussion series will play a vital role in helping to prepare Greenpoint-Williamsburg residents for the park scoping meetings to occur in spring.  The first talk was named, “Revisiting the 2005 Greenpoint Williamsburg Waterfront Open Space Master Plan” It featured Donna Walcavage, landscape architect for the 2005 Greenpoint Williamsburg Waterfront Master Plan; Christine Holowacz, former Chair of Greenpoint Waterfront Association for Parks and Planning (GWAPP); and Laura Hofmann, former Chair of the Parks and Open Space subcommittee of the Brooklyn Community Board #1 Rezoning Task Force.

Donna Walcavage, landscape architect revisits some of the potential flora in her 2005 master plan
Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney and representatives from Council Member Stephen Levin and State Senator Brian Kavanagh were present.  Congresswoman Maloney revealed her favorite moment of 2016 was camping out during a “Where’s Our Park” sleep-in protest, one of many efforts which showed the community’s dedication to the fight to get the park they were promised thirteen years ago.

Donna Walcavage guided the audience through her master plan from 2005, which in part revealed dedication to native plants. This was so the park could be as self-maintaining as possible. Maintenance was revealed to be the biggest design constraint as that is where most of the budget goes in the long run.

Laura Hofmann shared some of her journals from her time on Community Board 1’s Rezoning Task Force.

“Listening to everyone, even the ones who disagree with everyone else is important because they are the one who get your brain working to come up with new ideas,” said Christine Holowacz when asked for her best advice during the question and answer session.

The next talk will take place on February 26th from 7:00 pm – 8:30 p.m. at Bushwick Inlet Park Community Center (86 Kent Avenue)

Pictured above: The panel of experts for the first Friends of Bushwick Inlet Park winter discussion series. (l to r) Laura Hofmann, former Chair of the Parks and Open Space subcommittee of the Brooklyn Community Board #1 Rezoning Task Force; Christine Holowacz, former Chair of Greenpoint Waterfront Association for Parks and Planning (GWAPP); and Donna Walcavage, landscape architect for the 2005 Greenpoint Williamsburg Waterfront Master Plan.

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