$11 Million Proposed for Columbus Park Makeover

By Catherine Yang, Epoch Times
February 11, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

The New York City Parks Department is pitching a plan to replace the crumbling bluestone in the plaza of Brooklyn’s Columbus park.

After nearly five years of pushing for a renovation, the proposal was welcomed by the community and officials Monday night at Brooklyn’s Community Board 2 meeting according to Brooklyn Paper.

“We’re tickled pink by this project,” said Kevin Jeffrey, the parks department’s Brooklyn commissioner said at the meeting. “It’s a long-awaited solution.”

The tiles to replace are on the Borough Hall side of Columbus Park, so they can hold up trucks that drive in to set up for farmers markets and other events.

Under the proposal, the mayor’s office would give $11 million to the downtown Columbus Park to replace the bluestone slabs with thicker granite tiles. The current tiles are two inch thick, and many of them are broken. The new granite ones would be three inches in light and dark gray, and reinforced with half a foot of concrete. 

City Hall Park and Washington Square Park have had similar renovations.

The Community Board is expected to send a letter of approval Feb. 12, after which the plan would go forward for City approval.