Bay Ridge to Compete For Park Improvements

Owl's Head Greenway Plan
Conception of the redesign, by James Johnson. Courtesy Community Board 10

The parks department’s “Parks Without Borders” initiative will dedicate $50 million to eight projects citywide that would “make parks more open, welcoming, and beautiful by focusing on improving entrances, edges, and park-adjacent spaces.” In Bay Ridge, that could be the narrow passageway that connects the 69th Street Pier to Owl’s Head Park.

Last night, at its monthly meeting, the local community board voted unanimously to endorse its parks committee’s proposed submission: to open up “The Owl’s Head Greenway,” on Shore Road between 68th and 69th streets, reconnecting some of the neighborhood’s grandest spaces, which presently feel sorta cut off from each other: the Pier, Shore Road and Shore Road park, the Promenade and Owl’s Head.

Owl's Head Greenway
Via Google

As of now, the Greenway is a blocklong two-lane path for pedestrians and bicycles—which received $1.1 million in federal enhancement funds in 2006—surrounded by wrought-iron fences and dense greenery. “The area now is…[un]inviting, unkempt, dark,” according to the proposal shared last night.

The proposal features a lowered fence, benches, native plants, enhanced visibility and “column trees for safety.” It also includes plans for educational posts and historical signage, as well as creating an art-space on the wall underneath the highway overpass, en route to the pier from Shore Road, which is presently unutilized and just begging for a mural.

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Owl's Head Greenway
The north end. Via Google

 

Owl's Head Greenway Plan
Conception of the redesign, by James Johnson. Courtesy Community Board 10
  • Bob Nightfalls

    Hopefully the area will be left alone and cb 10 will not be sold the self interested huge ego Johnsons bill of goods, he will wreck the area and destroy it, wake up cb 10 parks committee, stop pandering to your insane friends ego…just stop.

  • Bob Nightfalls

    Johnson has been trying to get his dirty hands on this land for years, he needs more storage area for his business and a place to park his van, which he illegally parks on the sidewalk quite often, …….wake up cb 10.