FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, December 20, 2018
SERGEANT WILLIAM T. DOUGHERTY PLAYGROUND IN NORTH BROOKLYN EXPANDED AND REOPENED
$12 Million Park Expansion and Renovation Completed as Part of Construction on Nearby Kosciuszko Bridge
NYC Parks is pleased to announce the reopening of Sergeant William T. Dougherty Playground in Brooklyn, which has been expanded and completely renovated. The $12 million park, located in Greenpoint, is named for Sergeant William T. Dougherty, a World War II hero who was born in Brooklyn and played in the park in his youth. The work was completed by the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) as part of the construction of the nearby Kosciuszko Bridge - the first new bridge constructed in New York City since the Verrazano Bridge in 1964
The new and improved park features a playground, skate park, basketball court, handball courts, a water play area with spray showers and a comfort station. Seating is available throughout the modern, landscaped facility. The revitalized park compliments Governor Andrew Cuomo’s $1.4 Billion Vital Brooklyn Initiative and the state's efforts to build 34 new or improved pocket parks, community gardens, playgrounds and recreation centers within a 10-minute walk for every Central Brooklyn resident.
As part of the $873 million Kosciuszko Bridge construction, the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway (I-278) was re-aligned and nearby Cherry Street was relocated slightly to the south. The former Sergeant Dougherty Playground was reconfigured from a square to a rectangle, expanded slightly and extended farther east toward Porter Avenue. The park is just west of the iconic Kosciuszko Bridge, which can be seen from inside the park.
The park, surrounded by Vandervoort Avenue, Cherry Street, Anthony Street and Porter Avenue, was renamed in 1948 to honor Sergeant William Dougherty, a World War II Army National Guardsman, who died heroically on July 9, 1944 in a battle at Saipan in the western Pacific Ocean. A member of the "Fighting Sixty-Ninth" - the fabled 69th Infantry Regiment of the U.S. Army from New York City -- Dougherty was posthumously awarded both the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star.