City officials cut the ribbon on the officially renamed and renovated Lew Fidler Park in Sheepshead Bay, following a $6.1 million renovation funded by the late former councilman along with the mayor’s office.
Family and friends of Fidler, who passed away in 2019 and formerly represented Marine Park and Sheepshead Bay in the City Council, gathered at the newly-opened park on Nov. 9 to officially christen the greenspace on Emmons Avenue near Brighams Avenue.
“This brand-new greenspace is a valuable resource for the community,” said Brooklyn Borough Parks Commissioner Marty Maher. “More importantly, by bearing the name Lew Fidler, it honors the legacy of a man who funded this project, uplifted his community, and was an agent for change as he worked to serve the people of Brooklyn.”
The newly renovated park, formerly known as Brigham Park and Playground, abuts the Sheepshead Bay inlet, and features a playground, spray showers, picnic areas, passive seating areas, and more. Construction on the playspace was officially wrapped over the Spring of this year following roughly two and a half years of work.
Fidler, who in addition to serving on the council served as a district leader, worked in borough hall, and served as president of Brooklyn College’s hillel also recently had the intersection of Avenue R and Haring Street co-named in his honor.