Greenpoint To Get A Jurassic Park!

by Ryan Watson on

That’s right! Well, not exactly Jurassic, but close enough. The designs for Phase 2 & 3 of the Newtown Creek Nature Walk were recently announced by the NYC Department of Design & Construction (DDC) and they include several 300 million Gilboa tree fossils dug up Schoharie reservoir in the Catskill Mountains. Phase 2 of the project, estimated to be completed by the end of 2014, will take visitors onto a walking path over the creek, connected with a series of boat-like structures called vessels. The first vessel will include a history of the Lenape Indian tribe and exhibit how they used the creek and tidal wetlands. The second vessel will give a brief history of ships that utilized the Creek as a means of trade.

Plans for Phase 3, of which construction is expected to begin by Fall 2014, will include a rain garden, bioswales to absorb stormwater run-off, and a central water channel running the length of the project. Plans also include public seating areas, as well as picnic tables and bike racks. To imagine this type of progress on the Creek is very exciting indeed!!

Want to find out more about the plans? Click on the image below for the full details of the proposal.

© 2013 NYC DDC. Newtown Creek Nature Walk Phase 2 & 3: Schematic Design Presentation

© 2013 NYC DDC. Newtown Creek Nature Walk Phase 2 & 3: Schematic Design Presentation

Ryan Watson

Ryan Watson

Originally from Los Angeles, Ryan is a relatively new but very proud resident of Greenpoint. He was drawn to Greenpoint by the strong sense of community and history of local activism. Ryan can be found at North Brooklyn Farms, the urban farm at the Domino Sugar Factory, which he co-founded or working in the 61 Franklin Street Community Garden.
  • Jim Dellavalle commented:

    This is really great if I can be of any help. It would be great to get a pump track for bikes in there assign one more physical fitness element to the project.
    Being from Delaware Water Gap area I am very happy to see the Lenapes getting identified so well.
    Jim Dellavalle
    Designer and builder of the Brooklyn Bike Park/ Havemeyer Park s4th and kent ave Williamsburg 2013