A new green space is coming to downtown Brooklyn. The New York City Economic Development Corporation appointed San Francisco firm Hargreaves Associates to design the new Willoughby Square Park. The one and a quarter acre park will replace a strip of tenement buildings along Duffield and Gold Streets a half block from the Fulton Street Mall with shady trees, grass, and an open-air setting.
The project is designed to reinvigorate the neighborhood and attract new cafes, restaurants and retail establishments. The Department of City Planning is hoping the project will have a similar effect on the area that the Channel Gardens at Rockefeller Center did for that area of midtown.
The New York City Economic Development Corporation says that the open space will “help meet the needs of workers, visitors, and residents and minimize conflict between vehicular and pedestrian traffic.” The 50,000 square feet of open space will sit above an underground garage and include a commemoration of the 19th century abolitionist movement.
New York City Economic Development Corp.
New York City Department of City Planning