Volunteers for Brooklyn Bridge Park conducted a visitor count in July and found that they’ve hit a record attendance number with 60,000 visitors on an average weekend, and about 11,500 per day on an average weekday.
The park recently concluded its summer programming season, which included new sand volleyball clinics on the recently opened courts at Pier 6, exercise classes with the Dodge YMCA, a walk-up kayaking program, astronomy nights and Bike NY-sponsored bicycle lessons. A partnerships with BRIC Arts | Media | Bklyn presented three Celebrate Brooklyn! Dance Parties in May, a Jazzmobile concert, an Etsy craft night, a kite festival and chess instruction series on Pier 1. The SyFy Movies With A View series attracted over 35,000 viewers alone, according to par estimates.
To celebrate the end of the season, and to mark the opening of the park’s new administrative offices at 334 Furman Street, the park will screen Brooklyn Independent Television’s (BIT) 25-minute documentary, “New York’s Next Great Park” on November 17, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The documentary chronicles the design and construction of the first phases of Brooklyn Bridge Park, with interviews with the park’s designers and planners.
The next project at Brooklyn Bridge Park is the renovation of Pier 5 and construction of the Squibb Park Pedestrian Bridge. The new area will include three recreational fields and a “Picnic Peninsula” with barbeque pits, picnic tables, and play areas. Construction will start in early 2012, with an expecting opening date next fall.