McCarren Park Expansion Approved by City

By Meredith Hoffman on September 16, 2013 6:38am 

 McCarren Park has gotten city approval to expand by another 33,800 square feet.
McCarren Park has gotten city approval to expand by another 33,800 square feet.
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WILLIAMSBURG — The largest, most popular green space in North Brooklyn has gotten the green light to grow even bigger.

McCarren Park has won city approval to expand by another 33,800 square feet, officials said. The extension — proposed back in 2010 — will be made possible through the conversion of a street that intersects the park into a pedestrian plaza.

The street, Union Avenue between Driggs Avenue and North 12th Street, connects the triangle with McCarren Park's dog run to the southern section of the space.

The Parks Department is still seeking funding for the permanent reconstruction of the street into parkland, a spokeswoman for the agency said.

But in the meantime they are creating a "temporary design" to turn the street into a plaza as early as next summer, the spokeswoman said. The Open Space Alliance and the Department of Transportation are also working on the project.

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