As the non-profit that advocates, stewards, and fundraises for Fort Greene Park, the Fort Greene Park Conservancy (FGPC) is active in a variety of restoration and improvement initiatives and projects. Such projects are made possible through government partnerships, individual donors, and foundations. In FGPC’s 20-year history, we’ve helped raise over $15 million to improve our world class neighborhood park. Selected projects have included the urn atop the Prison Ship Martyrs Monument and the pavers along Washington Park.
In partnership with NYC Parks, FGPC helped create a conceptual plan for Fort Greene Park’s capital improvements. The plan provides a roadmap for upgrading the park’s aging infrastructure while also ensuring that improvements respect the rich history of Brooklyn’s oldest park. All active projects fall into one of three stages: 1) Design, 2) Contractor Procurement, and 3) Construction. For the latest project timelines, check out Parks’ Capital Projects Tracker.
Phase 1: Plaza and Willoughby Landscape
FGPC helped fundraise and advocate for the renovation of the Willoughby entrance, and the repaving of the path north of the DeKalb playground paralleling Washington Park. We support capital improvements to the park which make it safer and more accessible to all park users.
Funding for Phase 1 provided by City Council Member Letitia James, US Department of Housing and Urban Development, US Congressman Ed Towns, and FGPC.
Phase 2: Interior Paths and Landscapes
Status: Contractor Procurement
Phase 2 addresses the ponding on the paths north of the DeKalb playground (“Lake Fort Greene”) by adding water retention systems to decrease ponding and flooding after rain events. The accessibility of the Myrtle and Washington Park entrance will be improved. The path leading to the the Myrtle and North Portland entrance will be reconstructed and a new connector path will traverse the Myrtle lawn to improve access between Myrtle Avenue and the Visitor Center. Additionally, landings on the monument staircase will be repaired and improved.
Funding provided by: Council Member Laurie A Cumbo, Borough President Eric Adams
Phase 3: Streetscapes and Plazas
Status: Contractor Procurement
Phase 3 aims to better connect the park to the surrounding streetscape by creating better, more accessible entrances, and updating existing amenities. The entrance at Myrtle and St. Edwards will be expanded to better reflect the original design for the park and enhance the existing entrance plaza with expanded garden beds. New permanent barbecue grills and ash disposal bins will be introduced in the current barbecue area, the fitness area will triple in size, and the basketball court will be resurfaced. The staircase at DeKalb and Fort Greene Place will be restored, along with the staircase at Willoughby Street and St. Edwards Street, and lighting on park paths will be added to increase nighttime visibility.
Funding provided by Mayor Bill de Blasio’s OneNYC as part of the Parks Without Borders Program, Council Member Laurie Cumbo, and Borough President Eric Adams.
Above, images of the park’s aging infrastructure. From left to right: ponding north of the Dekalb playground will be eliminated with water retention systems added in Phase 2; an ADA-accessible ramp will be added at the Myrtle and Washington entrance along with drainage improvements; the St. Edwards Street and Fort Greene Place hospital entrances will be reconstructed.