Brooklyn Bridge Park Attracts Record Number of Visitors

BROOKLYN — Brooklyn Bridge Park recently celebrated the conclusion of a successful summer programming season that included new sand volleyball clinics on the recently opened courts at Pier 6, exercise classes with the Dodge YMCA, a popular kayaking program, astronomy nights and bike-riding classes sponsored by Bike NY. The SyFy Movies With A View series also attracted over 35,000 viewers during the summer.

Brooklyn Bridge Park, with the help of many volunteers, conducted a park-wide visitor count over several days in July. The counts established that over 60,000 visitors came to the park on an average summer weekend and that weekday attendance was approximately 11,500 per day.

“Brooklyn Bridge Park exceeds expectations as a destination for relaxation, recreation and culture,” said Brooklyn Bridge Park President Regina Myer. “The terrific free programming with the Conservancy and other partners has expanded our audiences and made the park a place to return to again and again.”

“We had another fantastic summer of public and educational programming in Brooklyn Bridge Park,” added Nancy Webster, executive director of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy. “From Syfy Movies With A View to fitness classes, chess lessons, volleyball workshops, concerts, theater, children’s events and more, there were free events and activities that appealed to a broad range of visitors almost every day in the park.”

To celebrate this successful season and to mark the opening of the park’s new administrative offices at 334 Furman St., Brooklyn Bridge Park is premiering Brooklyn Independent Television’s (BIT’s) 25-minute documentary, New York’s Next Great Park as part of an open house on Nov. 17.

The documentary chronicles the design and construction of the first phases of Brooklyn Bridge Park, offering insights on its sustainability features as well as featuring interviews with some of the key figures in the design, planning and programming of the park.

Brooklyn Bridge Park has received a number of awards in 2011 including the Silver Medal of the Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence, the 2011 Holly Whyte Award from the American Planning Association’s NY Metro Chapter, the American Institute for Architects’ NY Chapter Urban Design Honor Award, and Time Out NY’s Best of 2011 Award for Best Waterfront.

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