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City to Present Long Delayed Greenpoint Park Design for Final Feedback

By Serena Dai | January 6, 2015 3:29pm
 Plans for the expansion of Newtown Barge Park will be presented to neighbors Thursday.
Plans for the expansion of Newtown Barge Park will be presented to neighbors Thursday.
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GREENPOINT — Plans for the long-awaited expansion of Newtown Barge Park in Greenpoint will finally be put in front of locals this week, officials said.

An expansion for the park, located at the corner of Commercial Street and Dupont Street, had been promised to residents years ago, as part of the 2005 Williamsburg rezoning plans.

After years of delays, residents will be able to give their feedback on a final park design on Thursday night.

The meeting will be held at Dupont Street Senior Citizen Housing at 80 Dupont St., at 6:30 p.m., according to Councilman Steve Levin's office.

"This is the one opportunity for the community to weigh in on plans before they are brought to the meeting of the full Community Board for approval," Levin's Community Liasion Lisa Bloodgood wrote to locals.

The feedback will focus on Newtown Barge Park and not Box Street park, another promised green space on the Greenpoint waterfront, according to the Parks Department.

Newtown Barge Park will be adjacent to the controversial Greenpoint Landings development, whose owners agreed to help fund the $7 million expansion.

Previous iterations suggested adding play areas, such as green space for lawn play and trees for picnicking and watching others play games. A modified presentation and timeline will be presented on Thursday, a Parks spokeswoman said.

Community Board 1's parks committee will vote on whether to approve the plan, table it or approve it with modifications.

The full board will then vote on the park plan at next week's meeting, using the commitee's recommendation as a guide. The Parks Department did not confirm an updated construction timeline for the park.

"We encourage everyone interested to attend the meeting and discuss the future of this wonderful community asset," a Parks department spokeswoman said in a statement.