Improvements Coming to Garrett Park in Brooklyn

| December 18, 2019 | 0 Comments

Improvements are continuing for Garrett Park in Brooklyn thanks to $830,000 in grants from public and private sources. These improvements are being coordinated by the Greater Baybrook Alliance (GBA), a community development corporation that looks to revitalize Brooklyn, Brooklyn Park, and Curtis Bay; Concerned Citizens for a Better Brookyn (CCBB); and Friends of Garrett Park.

GBA has received $250,000 from the State of Maryland’s Program Open Space, $250,000 through Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development’s Baltimore Regional Neighborhood Initiative (BRNI) fund, $250,000 from nonprofit The Conservation Fund, and $60,000 from nonprofit Chesapeake Bay Trust.

Already added is a new walking paths lined with benches and picnic tables that create a loop around middle section of the park. This also created a new entrance near 3rd St. and Annabel Ave. This path was installed in May.

In June horseshoe pits, wood benches, bleachers, and a stone meditation garden were installed by The Mission Continues.

The playground at Garrett Park was updated with new equipment in October.

New birdhouses were installed in November by kids from Brooklyn. This project was a collaboration between Chesapeake Arts Center and Grow Home.

The Project Open Space grant is specifically for stormwater drainage and a renovation of the rundown basketball and tennis courts. There is currently one basketball court and three tennis courts. The surface is aged and the three tennis courts also no longer have nets or visible lines.

The new renovated alignment will make two basketball courts and a futsal court, which is a court soccer game. GBA Executive Director Meredith Chaiken told that Brooklyn has a growing immigrant community and soccer is one of the most popular uses of the park.

Garrett Park will also be getting a new pavilion, as well as new ADA-compliant entrances to the park on 2nd St., which has a steep slope between the street and the top of the park. Chaiken said they are also hoping to get exercise equipment for the park.

“It’s a priority of ours to activate Garrett Park into a great space,” said Chaiken.

CCBB and Friends of Garrett Park teamed up on a project to paint trash cans throughout the park. Friends of Garrett Park is involved in the maintenance of the park and promoting events.

GBA started in 2016 and has received $5 million in federal, local, and private grants. Its current projects include a public safety initiative, a bike path connecting the BWI Trail in Linthicum to the Gwynns Falls Trail that ends in Cherry Hill, public space improvements including new Brooklyn signs, and pushing for economic development and affordable housing in its communities.

2nd St. 

Meditation garden photo courtesy of Friend of Garrett Park 

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