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BBP is a not-for-profit corporation whose board of directors includes representatives of the mayor, governor, borough president, city council, state senate and state assembly. In July 2010, BBP took over responsibilities for the planning, design, construction, and maintenance of Brooklyn Bridge Park from the Brooklyn Bridge Park Development Corporation ("BBPDC"), a wholly owned subsidiary of the New York State Urban Development Corporation d/b/a Empire State Development Corporation ("ESDC").
Brooklyn Bridge Park
In the shadow of the Brooklyn Bridge and looking out onto lower Manhattan and New York harbor, Brooklyn Bridge Park occupies one of the world's most beautiful and inspiring urban settings. The project includes approximately 85 acres of waterfront that extends 1.3 miles from John Street in the north (north of the Manhattan Bridge) to Atlantic Avenue in the south (Pier 6). Construction will include the development of piers 1-6 and their associated uplands, and the areas north of the Brooklyn Bridge. The new world-class park designed by acclaimed landscape architecture firm Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, inc., reconnects the visitors and residents of Brooklyn to their waterfront with opportunities to play sports, stroll, or lounge at the water's edge, adding much-needed open space. Brooklyn Bridge Park contributes to the extraordinary revitalization of waterfront in the New York harbor, serving as a bridge from the commercial uses of previous centuries to the recreational uses of the future. The park will include a mix of expansive lawns, active recreational facilities (including volleyball and basketball courts, soccer fields, handball, and inline skating), playgrounds (including a 1.6 acre signature playground at Pier 6), pathways, bike paths, promenades, and maritime related recreational facilities (such as kayaking and a marina). Construction of the park commenced in January 2009 and the first phase, including Pier 1 and portions of pier 6, is open. The remainder of the park will open in phases over the next several years.