In 1866, Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux conceived of a network of wide, tree-lined avenues that would cut across the grid of Brooklyn and link its open spaces. Modeled after the Avenue de L’Impératrice (now the Avenue Foch) in Paris, Olmsted and Vaux’s new roads differed from their French predecessors in that they stretched for several miles. They were intended to provide sumptuous green corridors along which citizens could live and take pleasure drives. Two of them were built along Olmsted and Vaux’s newly designed Prospect Park: Eastern Parkway, running from Prospect Park to Crown Heights, and Ocean Parkway, connecting Prospect Park to Coney Island.
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The parkway malls will be closed for construction. This phase of the Ocean Parkway Malls project includes the reconstruction of the bicycle and pedestrian lanes on the western malls from Shore Parkway to the Coney Island Concourse. New concrete pavement will be installed and pipe rails will be replaced as needed. Benches will be refurbished and new wheelchair accessible spaces with backs will be installed. This project also includes new trees and the seeding of grass areas to create a more green space along the malls. New drop curbs will installed at intersections as well as greenway and bikeway signage and pavement markings.
Anticipated Completion: Spring 2014
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