December 13, 2012
A HOME CLOSER TO HOME
St. Francis gets home field as Peri 5 at Brooklyn Bridge Park opens
New York City Mayor Bloomberg Thursday opened Pier 5 at Brooklyn Bridge Park, a $26 million, five-acre former shipping pier that is the home to three multi-purpose sports fields and an adjacent picnic area.
|The St. Francis College soccer team and school officials attended the opening of Pier 5 at Brooklyn Bridge Park.
Photo courtesy of St. Francis College
The fields will be used as the home field by the St. Francis College soccer team. Many St. Francis players attended the opening.
"Having this world class field as home to our Division I en's soccer team as well as soccer clinics for children in the community helps to further strengthen the bond between St. Francis College and our Brooklyn Heights neighbors," St. Francis College president Brendan J. Dugan, said. "We applaud the hard work and efforts of everyone involved who made this dream a reality."
The Terriers have had to go a long way off campus to play its home games, such as at Aviator Field in eastern Brooklyn.
The configuration of the fields is adaptable, serving a variety of sports throughout the seasons - two of the fields can be combined to create a regulation soccer field for collegiate competition, or one field may be divided to accommodate youth soccer matches, and the fields will accommodate lacrosse, rugby, cricket, flag football and ultimate Frisbee.
According to Gothamist, com, Brooklyn Borough president Marty Markowitz called upon Bloomberg to build a Barclays-style arena in Brooklyn to the Red Bulls. Red Bulls general manager Jerome de Bontin, forward Kenny Cooper and goalkeeper Ryan Meara represented the soccer club.
Squibb Park Bridge, a 244-foot bridge that connects the Brooklyn Heights neighborhood to the park, is slated to be completed in the next several weeks.
BBP will begin permitting the fields for league play in spring 2013 during open park hours, and will provide open play for the general public and free play for public schools. Because BBP's electrical equipment sustained significant flood damaged during Hurricane Sandy, there will be no evening play until the electrical equipment that provides power to the pier lights is replaced.
Pier 5's synthetic turf fields are supported by shock pad and an organic infill made of sand and coconut fibers. In addition to padding the playing area, this infill will help decrease surface temperature, creating a cooler experience for teams and spectators. Shade sails line the northern and southern sides of the pier to provide shade, and there will be ample lighting for night play, with 30 light poles around the perimeter of the fields. A 30-foot promenade surrounding the fields will offer a unique opportunity for visitors to get out on the water and take in the magnificent views of lower Manhattan and the New York Harbor. There will also be an area for fishing equipped with bait preparation tables. Benches and bleachers will provide friends and family members with the best seats in the house.
"Since it opened, visitors from all five boroughs and all around the world have enjoyed Brooklyn Bridge Park," said Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Robert K. Steel. "This new pier is the next step in the ongoing development of the park and will provide even more opportunities for recreation and enjoyment."
Bloomberg was joined by Brooklyn Bridge Park president Regina Myer, Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy executive director Nancy Webster, Brooklyn Borough president Marty Markowitz, State Senator Daniel Squadron, Assemblymember Joan Millman, Councilmember Steve Levin and New York City Parks commissioner Veronica White.