SUNSET PARK — Bush Terminal Piers Park, a much-needed green space in the neighborhood with access to the waterfront, opened to the public on Wednesday, officials said.
The city’s Department of Parks and Recreation said the park between 43rd and 51st streets on the edge of Sunset Park finally threw its gates open, after more than a decade of conversation work and multiple delays in the project over the last two years.
Bush Terminal features two multi-purpose soccer and baseball fields and a natural preserve “that allows a fun glimpse into Brooklyn’s wild side," according to the park’s website.
There is only one entrance to the park, on 43rd Street.
Between Nov. 1 and March 1, the park will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The hours will extend to 8 p.m. during the summer.
Residents of the neighborhood have long sought more parkland in Sunset Park, which has less than one-third of the city’s standard parkland per capita, Community Board 7 previously told DNAinfo New York.
In July, the city’s Economic Development Corporation announced that workers were nearly done building the waterfront space, a former brownfield site that required extensive remediation before public use.
The Parks Department will operate and maintain the Bush Terminal Piers Park moving forward.