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Creating Open Space

Creating Open Space
A crowd of thousands enjoy free outdoor films on the Brooklyn waterfront.

In 1988, the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy, a coalition of 60 civic and environmental groups, began advocating for a park along the East River waterfront. It wasn't until 2002 that Governor Pataki and Mayor Bloomberg reached an agreement to build the 85-acre Brooklyn Bridge Park. Construction began in 2009, and is expected to be completed by 2013. In the meantime, the Conservancy is keeping the community involved in the planning process through public meetings, a Web site, quarterly newsletters, and events at the site.

With a 2006 $30,000 grant, the Conservancy involved residents in identifying appealing programs, and developing a business plan to identify sources of revenue, an annual budget, and a proposed schedule of events during construction.

It is also working with the Brooklyn Bridge Development Corporation, which is responsible for the park's design and construction, and is creating a layout of the completed park to use to plan programs for performances, sports fields, educational centers, and water activities.

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