Bridge Park Development Proceeds Despite Setback

RFP for Squibb Bridge Issued

A rendering of the proposed Squibb Playground Pedestrian Bridge, as seen from Furman Street.


BROOKLYN BRIDGE PARK — Despite the fact that Brooklyn Bridge Park was forced to cancel plans for the planned indoor sports “bubble” on Pier 5 because of lack of interests from builders, development on other features of the park is still proceeding.

The park, on Aug. 23, released an RFP for an operator to construct, operate and maintain the seasonal indoor recreation on Pier 5, which is expected to be the next pier within Brooklyn Bridge Park to open.

Although the RFP was promoted heavily, there were no responses, which would have been due on Sept. 27.

The Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation, however, issued two more RFPs last week, one for overall construction on Pier 5, on Monday, and the other for work on the long-awaited Squibb Playground Pedestrian Bridge, on Friday.

Pier 5 is slated to feature three outdoor multi-purpose recreation fields for playing soccer, lacrosse, cricket, rugby, football, field hockey or softball. These fields will be made of artificial turf. The pier will also feature a waterfront esplanade around its perimeter and a picnic peninsula further inland.

The bridge would connect the below-ground Squibb Playground, which has been converted to a skateboard park, to the Pier 1 portion of the park below. Two years ago, the park corporation entered into a contract with HNTB New York Engineering and Architecture to design the bridge, which is expected to cost $4 million.

The bridge, which is composed of two 120-foot spans, would be constructed offsite and delivered there for installation. It would allow easier access from Brooklyn Heights and the A/C subway.

Squibb Park, as it existed before reconstruction.

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