Pier 5 plan moves ahead

Pier 5 plan moves ahead
Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation

Brooklyn Bridge Park will get a major recreational facility on Pier 5 by the end of next year, city officials said on Tuesday.

Park officials announced that they were seeking a developer to construct and maintain an enclosed recreational bubble with one soccer field that would be operational by the end of 2012.

“The concession structure on Pier 5 will enrich the park by encouraging year-long active recreation,” said Regina Myer, president of Brooklyn Bridge Park.

The seasonal structure will be up from Dec. 1 to March 31 each year. The city will spend up to $750,000 on construction, but the developer will be responsible for all construction costs beyond that.

The five-acre Pier 5 will also house three multi-use artificial turf fields, a barbecue area, playground and a snack concession during warmer months. The pier, at the southern leg of the DUMBO-to-Atlantic Avenue park, will also have a waterfront esplanade.

Funding for the Pier 5 recreational bubble was sealed earlier this month as a bonus to a deal between city and state lawmakers that allowed for some luxury housing to fund the park’s $16-million annual upkeep.

Proposals are due by Sept. 27. For info, e-mail [email protected] or visit www.brooklynbridgeparknyc.org.