The $2.39 million, eight-acre project, fudned through allocations from Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley and Borough President Melinda Katz, will aim to make the entranceway more welcoming.
The project is expected to be complete by next April.
Steven Fiedler, chair of the Parks Committee, presented the design for the renovated pathways and picnic area, which will have new benches, grills and trash cans.
The path leading up to the area known as “Soldiers Field” will have three lanes, two for bicycles and one for walking. Once pedestrians get past the semicircular area, which converges with car lanes, the three lanes become two “shared bike and walking” lanes.
Fiedler said he would ask the Parks Department to extend the three lanes down from Soldiers Field to the Jackie Robinson Parkway.
“Having people walking with bicycles next to them on the same path is just very dangerous,” he said.
Immediately next to the area is a golf course, which Fiedler said is Parks Department property, and can be pushed over to make room for another walking lane.
“Just because that fence is there, doesn’t mean we can’t get more room for these three lanes,” he said.
At the entrance, a small barrier separates the road and the shared bicycle and pedestrian lane. Fiedler said he wants that curb to be larger for safety purposes. He said he took that route to work everyday, and has seen how dangerous it can be for bikers and pedestrians.
“In two years, I’ve seen five cars go into those trees,” he said. “They do come around these corners very fast to go onto the Jackie Robinson towards Long Island.”
Past the entrance area, park users come upon a trail, which will have exercise equipment and bike racks. The trail leads to a picnic area.
Fiedler also brought up the issue of lighting. According to him, lighting for the city is typically 40 feet apart, but if the board asks for greenway lighting, the poles are only 30 feet apart.
“It is going to be very quiet at nighttime,” Fiedler said. “We want as much lighting as possible.”