April 2, 2013 / Brooklyn news / Fort Greene / Meadows of Shame

On the beaten path: Fort Greene Park trails are walkways to the danger zone

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A walk in Fort Greene Park is anything but a walk in the park.

The park’s pathways are a mess, according to a recent study by the advocacy group New Yorkers for Parks, which analyzed the conditions of 43 open areas citywide and determined that the walkways running through Fort Greene’s green space are the worst of the worst.

“[In] addition to roots and natural trip hazards, surveyors encountered unacceptable amounts of broken glass,” the analysis reads.

The study calls out Fort Greene Park’s “severely deteriorating pathways,” which can make it hard for stroller-pushers, scooter-riders, and, due to standing puddles and muddy patches, shuffling pedestrians.

Neighborhood mom Kei Gilmer said she would love to see the park’s crumbling pathways improved for the safety of her daughter, Mira.

“When she uses her scooter, it gets stuck or fails,” Gilmer said. “Sometimes, there are injuries.”

The Parks Department is planning to mend some of the treacherous walkways, said agency spokesman Phil Abramson.

A $2.13-million renovation project slated to begin in the fall will reconstruct the Willoughby Street entrance, making it more accessible, and improve the paths, drainage, and landscape on the hillside, where the erosion is greatest.

Abramson said his agency will seek funding to restore or renovate the park’s remaining walkways — a process that should be ongoing, to keep parks in tip-top shape, according to New Yorkers for Parks executive director Holly Leicht.

“All pathways and stairs always just need periodic replacement,” said Leicht. “They have a finite lifespan. They are one of the most challenging problems in park maintenance.”

Reach reporter Jaime Lutz at or by calling (718) 260-8310. Follow her on Twitter @jaime_lutz.
Updated 10:09 pm, July 9, 2018: Story updated to include comment from New Yorkers for Parks executive director Holly Leichht.
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Reasonable discourse

Joey from Clinton Hills says:
This article (and the accompanying photo) are not convincing. I was just in the park this morning and it was not too bad. Lift your feet when you walk.

In the alternative, let's charge the dog owners to let them take their dogs off the leash. That yuppie scum could afford it.
April 2, 2013, 10:43 am
frank from ft. greene says:
So tell us, Joey, how much have you personally shelled out to support the park? Or are you just entitled to use it and make embarrassingly stupid and prejudiced suggestions for how everybody else except you can help support the park?

Just askin...
April 2, 2013, 11 am
BunnynSunny from Clinton Hill says:
Ever tried walking down the sidewalk on any street in Clinton Hill. They're a mess.
April 3, 2013, 9:42 am
Mitchell Ratchik from Fort Greene says:
the park is totally gross!

let's fix it.
April 29, 2013, 1:23 pm

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