The Friends of Bushwick Inlet Park (FBIP) announced the reopening of the Bushwick Inlet Park soccer field on July 26 after renovations. After a nearly three-year process, lengthened by the pandemic and the presence of a federally protected bird species, the field’s grass was finally replaced.
Since opening in January 2010, the turf was in desperate need of replacement. FBIP thanked the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation (DPR) for pushing for completion of the project (and relaying the information to FBIP), alongside advocacy from a coalition of FBIP, football leagues, Brooklyn Community Board #1 and elected officials.
Bushwick Inlet Park Soccer Field (86 Kent Ave between N 9 and N 10 St.) is “one of the most sought after and used football fields”. Many youth and adult soccer leagues use this public field. FBIP strongly advises people to avoid wearing cleats, bringing dogs onto the field and moving bases, in an effort to preserve turf.
In FBIP’s press release, they named the “turf coalition” partners for their community support: Brooklyn City FC, FC Select Youth Soccer Club, FC Select and New York Men’s Soccer, Greenpoint Spartans Football, Greenpoint Williamsburg Youth Soccer League, New York Coed Soccer, NYC Footy, North Brooklyn Neighbors, North Brooklyn Parks Alliance, Triboro United Soccer Club.
“Cheers to all turf activists and to NYC Parks for successfully renovating this field! FBIP is thrilled that the football community and other activity enthusiasts can return to the field and enjoy this new turf at the cutting-edge technology! Let’s all make a collective effort to protect it and treat it well to promote its longevity!” Katherine Thompson, co-chair, Friends of Bushwick Inlet Park, said in a press release.
Teams and other leagues can reserve the field on the NYC Parks website here.
As the games begin again!