Christmas came slightly early to Fort Greene Park this year when the gates to the long-awaited Willoughby Avenue Entrance capital project were opened to the public on the evening of December 24. The $2.5 million capital project had some delays earlier in the year primarily due to necessary engineering redesigns crucial to protecting several major city water mains that run beneath the park. Last Monday, after a meeting between the contractors, representatives from Nancy Owens Studio, Fort Green Park Conservancy, and NYC Parks, the entrance and pathways of the project were deemed ready for public use a week before the New Year.
For many of us at Fort Greene Park, including myself, this is the first time all 30 acres of the park have been open to the public since we started working here, and it has been a thrill to explore a new part of our beloved park. Here are some things to check out the next time you walk through the Willoughby Avenue capital project area.