Fort Greene Park Renovation on Hold After Board Votes to Delay Work

Originally published in dna info on June 27, 2017.

FORT GREENE — An overhaul of the neighborhood’s largest park has been pushed back following pressure from locals who say they didn’t have enough time to review the renovation plan.

final design for the revamp of the Myrtle Avenue side of Fort Greene Park was unveiled to a committee of Brooklyn Community Board 2 last week and went to the board’s executive committee Monday night for final approval.

The $10.5 million project is part of the city’s Parks Without Borders initiative and would rebuild and renovate the green space's north side, adding wheelchair accessibility, fixing uneven sidewalks, redoing the basketball courts and barbeque area, and adding a water feature and more green space to the large promenade leading to the Prison Ship Martyrs’ Monument.

“I respectfully request — and I’m representing the community here, as well — that we would like more time… to have an opportunity to weigh in,” state Sen. Velmanette Montgomery said to cheers from attendees holding “Stop The Vote” signs.

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To learn more about Senator Montgomery's efforts to keep Fort Greene Park accessible to all constituents and to read her letter to the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, visit

 UPDATE: To read the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation response letter, visit