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.
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.