Cadman Plaza Park

The Daily Plant : Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Cadman Plaza Shines In Downtown Brooklyn

Photo by Malcolm Pinckney

On June 12, Commissioner Benepe joined Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, City Council Member David Yassky, First Deputy Commissioner of the Office of Emergency Management Calvin Drayton, District Manager of Community Board 2 Rob Perris, and children from the Brooklyn Children's Academy Preschool and the Brooklyn Friends School at the ribbon cutting ceremony for the restored Cadman Plaza Park. The Kings County American Legion presented the colors at the commencement of the ceremony.

Cadman Plaza Park in Downtown Brooklyn was transformed thanks to an over $3 million restoration. Mayor Bloomberg allocated $2.9 million and Council Member Yassky allocated over $140,000 to reconstruct this popular neighborhood park.

The restoration includes a central synthetic turf green, surrounded by an increase in naturally planted areas including an entrance garden, flowering trees, and newly planted lawns under tree groves. The improvements also include new walking paths, benches, lighting, fences and drinking fountains.

The contrast is striking. Formerly, the central lawn area resembled a dustbowl and a mud puddle. Now, children can to play on a surface that is usable year-round and is environmentally appropriate because it uses recycled materials and doesn't require the use of chemical pesticides or fossil fuels to maintain it.

Prior to the ceremony, Commissioner Benepe and Council Member Yassky tested the durability of the central synthetic turf greenspace by engaging in a spirited game of frisbee with children from the Brooklyn Friends School.

The City of New York acquired this land in 1935, and in 1939 it was named after Reverend Dr. Samuel Parkes Cadman (1864-1936), a famed Brooklyn Congregational minister.


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“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take,
but by the moments that take our breath away.”


Directions to Cadman Plaza Park

  • A New Walkway
  • Frisbee in the Park
  • Fresh New Ground to Walk Upon
  • Enjoying the Benches
  • Relaxing on a June Day
  • A Game of Frisbee on the Lawn
  • Frisbee in Front of the Memorial

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