Bushwick Inlet Park
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Bushwick Inlet Park is a public park located in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. The park currently stretches along the East River near North 9th and 10th Streets, and is eventually planned to reach into Greenpoint at Quay Street. The park is named for the Bushwick Inlet, which it is planned to surround as it expands northward. The separate East River State Park is located south of the park.
The Department of Parks and Recreation will use a portion of the building for local maintenance and operations, greatly improving their access to all parks in North Brooklyn. The community spaces will be run by the Open Space Alliance for North Brooklyn, a not-for-profit working to develop and restore parks in the Greenpoint and Williamsburg communities.
The park currently features a soccer/football field and a community center. The community center's inclined roof is planted with grass. An innovative, 15,500 square foot multi-use building serving North Brooklyn’s waterfront, Bushwick Inlet Park is the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation’s greenest facility. Designed by Kiss + Cathcart, Architects, the wedge-shaped structure seamlessly draws the adjacent park up onto its roof to create a public landscape looking out to the East River and the Manhattan skyline.
Bushwick Inlet Park is the first phase in transforming Greenpoint and Williamsburg’s industrial riverfront into a continuous strip of green space and public amenities. From 2008 to 2011 an empty parking lot between N. 9th and N. 10th Streets from Kent Avenue to the river was converted into a native riverfront landscape and multipurpose athletic field. The new building, as the final component, adds venues for both community programs and park operations. Extending New York City’s tradition of intensively used parks, the building is covered by an occupiable green roof that keeps 100% of the park’s area available to the public. A meandering, accessible path up this grassy slope serves a series of activity areas culminating in a shaded overlook.
As of 2013, this is the most environmentally productive public building in New York City, with the highest percentage of on-site solar energy generation, green roof irrigation entirely from rainfall and reclaimed water, and zero stormwater discharge to the combined sewer. The project invites intensive use, inside and out, from a community that has long been starved for public space.
Essentially an earth-sheltered, semi-underground structure, the building envelope combines with high performance systems, such as ground source heat pumps, to dramatically reduce energy consumption. A 66-kilowatt photovoltaic array crowns the shade structure along Kent Avenue. This dynamically angled canopy is both an integral part of the architecture and an energy source, which will supply half of the building's annual usage. Although the building is under a hill, all occupied interior spaces are abundantly daylit.
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