Progress at Bush Terminal Piers Park
UPDATE: October 27, 2014
Great news! NYSDEC has approved our site management plan, and we have executed an MOU with the Parks Department. Happy to hear that our partners at Parks are planning an opening day in early November. Stay tuned for updates later this week with more information about the grand opening!
October 7, 2014
Following completion of the Bush Terminal Piers Park construction in August, NYCEDC submitted the paperwork requested by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) for review and approval. The State and the City have been engaged in active and productive dialogue since that initial submission. As is expected with any project as complex and environmentally challenging as turning a former brownfield into a waterfront open space, the NYSDEC has requested additional documentation that must be reviewed before they can affirm that the site is safe to open to the public.
We continue to work closely with NYSDEC, elected officials—including Council Member Menchaca and Congresswoman Velazquez—and community stakeholders as we provide all the additional technical information requested by NYSDEC. While the timeline for this State approval process remains out of the City’s control, we will continue to explore all available options to open the park quickly and safely.
In the interim, NYCEDC recently completed additional improvements to our property near the entrance to the Park and we will continue to update the community on our work and the overall timeline for opening the park as it becomes clearer. With great anticipation, we look forward to welcoming the Sunset Park community to their new park in the near future.
July 11, 2014
Many residents are eagerly awaiting the opening of Sunset Park’s Bush Terminal Piers Park, and we at NYCEDC are too. This project has been in the making since the Sunset Park Community began advocating for a waterfront open space in the ‘90s, and we are eager to welcome in the park’s neighbors.
Here is an update on the progress made thus far and next steps that will be taken, as discussed at last night’s meeting at UPROSE with Council Member Menchaca and representatives from the offices of Representative Nydia Velazquez, Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Borough President Eric Adams, State Senator Velmanette Montgomery, Assembly Member Felix Ortiz, and Community Board 7.
Construction of the open space is nearing completion. Thanks to our partnerships with several City, State, and Federal agencies and elected officials, this former brownfield will soon be a safe and fun recreational asset for Sunset Park residents.
Some final construction items remain, and we are confident that they will be addressed by mid-August.
These items include:
- Connecting permanent electrical and water service
NYCDOT paving of 43rd Street from 1st Avenue to the park entranceNOW COMPLETED
- Installing additional fill to finalize remediation
- Installing Park entrance gates and signage
- Landscape finishing touches
- Finalizing survey of all remediation and construction work
We will then seek approval of the remediation work from the State Department of Environmental Conservation to ensure that the brownfield remediation is complete and that the site is safe for public access. Once we receive approval from DEC, we will work with NYC Parks, who will operate and maintain the space moving forward, and together, schedule a ribbon-cutting.
When the park opens, it will include viewing areas for a restored tidal pool, a naturalized preserve area, an environmentally-friendly comfort station and two multi-purpose fields for baseball and soccer, all while providing Sunset Park with new and much-needed access to the waterfront.
We’ll keep you posted on our progress as we move full speed ahead towards completion. See you at the park!