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WHAT A PARK!

Grand Reopening For Brooklyn’s Largest Park
By Jason Linetsky


Photo by Jason Linetsky Photo by Jason Linetsky Residents and thousands of others who use Marine Park can enjoy an all new recreation, athletics and relaxation area.

NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver hosted a ribbon-cutting last Thursday on the $5.45 million renovation project, which included brand new tennis, basketball and handball courts, picnic table areas, benches, game tables, an exercise equipment area and landscaping. Councilman Alan Maisel, who partially secured the funding, was on hand to welcome everyone to use the new features. Brooklyn Parks Chief of Staff Marty Maher, Marine Park Administrator Frank Filatro, Anthony Testaverde from State Senator Marty Golden’s office, and Lori Luis, executive director of the Brooklyn Borough President’s Strategic Alliances and Marketing, also came to celebrate the opening.

“I’m overjoyed to be here today and I know how much this park means to this south Brooklyn community,” stated Silver. “I’d like to thank you all for being here and especially your patience because I know how badly we had to revamp this park. I am so grateful for all of the support. We are thrilled to open these areas back to you and they are better than ever.”


NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver (right) with distinguished guests. NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver (right) with distinguished guests. Members of the Marine Park Bocce Club were very pleased and excited to bring out their Bocce ball sets to play matches before the ribbon-cutting inside two of three new Bocce courts featuring awnings, lights, ADA accessible gates and fully remade surfaces and walls.

Silver continued, “Marine Park is a place for passionate and championship Bocce players. The new and improved courts offer amenities that will allow for play in any type of weather with canopies, floodlights and seating. We expect these Bocce courts will become even more beloved.”


Marine Park’s new sports, recreation and exercise areas are officially open! Marine Park’s new sports, recreation and exercise areas are officially open! Silver thanked Maisel for pushing for the funding of the renovations as well as Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, Community Board 18, the 63rd Precinct, the Urban Park Rangers, Millennium Development, the NYC Parks Department crews, everyone in attendance and all of the sports players who will use the park.

“The vision for the revamping of this whole facility started with my predecessor Lew Fidler,” stated Maisel. “Lew Fidler’s money, starting four or five years ago, went to the design and design commission so I thank him. When I was elected, I just continued the funding so I guess that’s where they throw me in for the credit. Marine Park is very important to this community. I am just happy to be part of it and be responsive to what people are asking for. It’s such a joy to have this park so we need to keep investing in it.”


Brooklyn Parks Chief of Staff Marty Maher releases his first Bocce ball during a lesson in the sport against Silver. Brooklyn Parks Chief of Staff Marty Maher releases his first Bocce ball during a lesson in the sport against Silver. Maisel recently sent Mayor Bill de Blasio a letter requesting another $15 million to redo the Marine Park oval and the playground. The new facilities and equipment will be utilized by over 5,000 people per week in the largest park in Brooklyn.

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Councilman Alan Maisel (center) tries one of the new weight training machines in Marine Park. Councilman Alan Maisel (center) tries one of the new weight training machines in Marine Park.

Silver rolling a Bocce ball on the way to victory against Maher (left). Silver rolling a Bocce ball on the way to victory against Maher (left).

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