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Longtime Shuttered Park to Get Some Love in Fort Greene

By Janet Upadhye | January 13, 2014 1:31pm

FORT GREENE — The city plans to revamp and reopen Fort Greene's BAM Park, according to a Request for Proposals (RFP) recently issued by the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership.

The RFP is seeking a landscape architect to add a planting and irrigation system, railings, lighting, seating, onsite furniture and a possible kiosk and performance space to the 14,000-square-foot triangular park, Brownstoner first reported.

BAM Park — located at the intersection of Fulton Street, Lafayette Avenue and St. Felix Place — was closed to the public in 2009 due to "subsurface conditions that made the park unsafe for pedestrians," according to the partnership.

A study conducted in 2012 found the fill underneath the park's soil to be unstable. The study also showed that tree roots may have caused the shifting of some of the park's pavement slabs and recommended excavating the site and adding an entirely new crushed stone fill.

The selected applicant will be expected to take the study's recommendations into consideration.

The project will take nine months and proposals are due on Feb. 6.