Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Riverside Revitalized in New York

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Riverside Revitalized in New York

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A New York City industrial yard-turned-park uses canopies to provide a comfortable recreation haven for the community

The development of Brooklyn Bridge Park in New York City has rein- vented the landscape of Brooklyn's East River Shoreline, repurpos- ing the waterfront neighborhoods of Brooklyn Heights and DUM- BO (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass) from industrial shipping and storage areas into the Eden of the East River. Designed by landscape architects Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, the 85-acre park provides green space for active and passive recreation on playing fields, ball courts, playgrounds, civic lawns, and running and bicycle paths. Pier 5, the park's first field dedicated to active recreation, encompasses five acres of artificial turf, accommodating soccer, rugby, lacrosse, cricket and ultimate Frisbee sporting events.

Further reinforcing the sustain- able design, Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy engaged structural engineers HNTB Corporation to develop a plan to shade the area so that it is more hospitable for sports activity, players and spectators alike. The result was a multifunc- tional network of lighting structures and canopy systems that enable night games after dusk and create comfortably shaded areas during the day.

The innovative canopy design configuration consists of 26 cus- tom-designed fabric shade canopies, 13 lining each of the northern and southern sidelines of the pier. The canopies provide visitors with pro- tection from the sun's dangerous UV rays and cooling shade when watch- ing an event or game. …

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