The Friends of Douglass Greene Park
Thanks to the work of the Friends of Douglass Greene Park, Inc., a once neglected park is being revitalized and provides fun and interesting programming to hundreds of local families.
Douglass Greene Park (also known as Thomas Greene Park) is a multi-faceted public park located on a full city block between 3rd Avenue and Nevins Street, and Douglass and DeGraw Streets in Gowanus,
Just a few blocks from the new Barclays Center – the park has a skate area, a children’s playground with a water feature, picnic tables, the popular “Double D” pool, free swimming lessons, basketball courts; and is a cooling center and hosts a free lunch program during the summer.
The Friends of Douglass Greene Park continues to ready the park to receive an eventual 200,000 Brooklynites annually from Gowanus, Boerum Hill, Carroll Gardens, and Park Slope as neighborhoods continue to develop and expand.
Programming & Activities
The Friends of Douglass Greene Park plan, organize and fund various activities throughout the year with the help of local businesses, organizations, partners and community residents. Activities include skate boarding, rock climbing, fundraiser and cultural events.
The Friends of Douglass Greene Park Story
The Friends of Douglass/Greene Park, Inc. formed out of a neighborhood-wide search for green space in the downtown Brooklyn area. The Boerum Hill Association initiated the search with a study conducted in 2005 by Phillips Preiss Shapito with funds from a grant from the JM Kaplan Fund.
The study concluded that this park was profoundly underutilized and had not been updated in decades. The neighborhoods of Boerum Hill, Carroll Gardens, Park Slope, and Gowanus, the Wyckoff Gardens and Gowanus Houses each appointed representatives to establish a Board of Directors, under the direction of Sue Wolfe, who was President of the Boerum Hill Association at
The group created a new name to accommodate the varying identities of this block-long recreation area. For pool users, this well-kept pool complex is known independent of the park as "DD" or "Douglass" pool. To honor the work of dedicated community
activist Thomas Greene, the name "Friends of Douglass Greene Park" was incorporated.
Public Participation: Final plans incorporate
community’s visions. In 2008 a "Listening Session" sponsored by the Friends of Douglass Greene Park, Inc., and led by the Brooklyn Parks Department, asked neighbors what their vision was for the Thomas Greene Park. The NYC Parks Department incorporated many of the suggestions into a bold, beautiful plan. In early spring 2013 Phase 1 of the park’s renovation on its Third Avenue side was completed.
Conceptual (not yet funded) plans for the rest of the park include: A NEW swimming pool, basketball courts, handball courts, an open green plaza, a year- round multi-purpose building containing a comfort station & community spaces with a green
roof, as well as more trees and plantings throughout the renovated park.
Gowanus Canal Industrial legacy, Environmental Cleanups and Advocacy
In 2010, the nearby Gowanus Canal became an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Superfund cleanup site, and Friends of Douglass Greene Park (FODGP) joined the EPA Gowanus Canal Community Advisory Group (CAG) as an organizational member. During the EPA Remedial Investigation process the community learned that land beneath the skatepark, basketball courts and pool at Thomas Greene Park contains remnants of the former Fulton Manufactured Gas Plant (MGP), which operated onsite from 1879 to 1929, and continues to leech coal tar waste underground into the Canal. The State will require energy giant National Grid to clean up the area and a Feasibility Study is expected by the end of 2013.
To add to the challenging position of being an advocate for the environmental cleanup of the area, while still waiting to learn the level of detail in which the Thomas Greene Park and Double D Pool could potentially be impacted, in December 2012, the EPA added the potential siting of a raw sewage retention tank to be built beneath the Double D Pool in its proposed cleanup up plan.
In April 2013, before the public comment period on the EPA Superfund cleanup closed, FODGP launched a change.org petition that gathered over 1,000 signatures to the EPA asking for the sewage tank to be located elsewhere and to provide guarantees to the community that any
displacement or disruption to the Double D Pool as a result of these cleanups provide for seamless transition of the park facilities and services at a nearby location.
Those comments, along with Friends of Douglass Greene Park’s advocacy for our community concerns within
the EPA Community Advisory Group, were recognized in the EPA’s final Record of Decision (ROD) released on September 30th, 2013. The EPA acknowledged the Double D Pool to be a “valuable community resource" and removed their previously proposed measure that the City place a sewage retention tank beneath it, while still mandating that two raw sewage retention tanks be built.
FODGP remains a member of the Gowanus CAG and continues to advocate for strong community based planning and coordination amongst the multiple agencies involved. We strive to provide a platform for our communities’ health, benefit and future that can address environmental remediation and raw sewage overflows in our neighborhood, while minimizing disruptions, and preserving and improving the Park and Pool. Members of FODGP working to protect this valuable community resource have been featured in the New York Times, on TV at CBS New York and Channel 12 News, and in the Brooklyn Paper, Brownstoner, and DNA Info.
The 2.525 acres of Thomas Greene Park came under NYC Parks jurisdiction in 1938. What was known as Double D Playground opened in 1935 and was renamed for local community activist Thomas Greene in 1988. Thomas Greene was born in Savannah in 1911, lived in the nearby Gowanus Public Housing and worked for Cornell University's New York City office.
The Friends of Douglass Greene Park, Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization, works with community and business partners to enhance the quality of life in the area through programming & special activities for all ages, creates much needed green space, works with the NYC Parks Department to assure completion of the park’s renovation, was successful in its appeal to the NYC Council in 2010 to restore funds to keep the park’s “DD Pool” open, and advocates for the renovation and accessibility of the pool.
For more information on the work and current activities of the Friends of Douglass Greene Park, go to www.FriendsofDouglassGreenePark.org
Find us on Facebook at Friends of Douglass Greene Park – Gowanus 3
SAVE THE DATE
The Friends of Douglass Greene Park presents Gowanus Gatsby, a Flapper Fête featuring Michael Arenella Quintet
SAVE THE DATE: October 5, 2013
A Brooklyn in the 20s themed soiree & first awards fundraising dinner with live music & dance party at Gowanus Ballroom to benefit the Friends of Douglass Greene Park.
Costume and dance competitions, slideshows of Brooklyn in the 20s and of Douglass Greene Park and other activities reminiscent of the roaring twenties; Brooklyn Boulders and Homage Brooklyn climbing and skateboarding demo areas on ground floor.
Benefit to celebrate the completion of Phase 1 of the park’s renovation on its Third Avenue side and highlight ongoing advocacy and development of this vital and multi-faceted public park located on a full city block between 3rd Avenue and Nevins Street, and Douglass and DeGraw Streets in Gowanus, Brooklyn.
For full details including names of those being honored, sponsors, partners, and to purchase tickets go to:
Tickets are tax-deductible to the extent of the law
Celebrate & Protect the DD Pool
Keeping our community cool for over 40 Years!
Please join us at this rally for the opening weekend - on Saturday, June 29th, 10:30 to 11:30am.
Rain date - Sunday, June 30th.
Show your support & make a splash! Elected and community speakers starting at 10.30am, bring your swimsuit and lock if you want to take a dip. Pool opens at 11.00am.
Corner of Douglass & Nevins Streets FriendsofDouglassGreene.org Friend us on facebook
NOTE: WE WILL BE MAKING LAMINATED FLYERS WITH HOLES PUNCHED FOR HANGING
Holly has volunteered to put these up in playgrounds, schools – etc. She wants 50 flyers
How many do others want – both laminated and non-laminated???
As some of you may know - Thomas Greene Park, on the 3rd Avenue side of the park is under renovation - to be finished in March 2013.
There has been a path to enter the center of the park @ 3rd Ave. & DeGraw Street. This path is now closed so the renovation can be completed there.
Thanks to the advocacy of our Councilman, Stephen Levin and Brooklyn Parks Chief of Staff Marty Maher - there is now a NEW entrance (up the steps left side of pool, down a walkway and up the steps) so basketball players and skate boarders can still have access to the center of the park.
Please let all of the neighborhood kids know!
Friends of Douglass Greene Park
Gowanus Block Party
Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012
12 pm to 4 pm rain or shine.
Located on Douglass between Nevins and 3rd.
Come for the skate clinic, climb on the rock wall, buy raffle tickets, listen to music, meet your neighbors, support Thomas Greene Park?
This party is sponsored by Friends of Douglass Greene Park, Brooklyn Boulders and Homage.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
FOR THE FOURTH ANNUAL GOWANUS GRIND AT THOMAS GREENE PARK APRIL 22
Raffle: Family package @ Brooklyn Boulders - $150 Value
2 Adults - Learn the Ropes
2 Children - Belay Adventure Time
Raffle: Skate Penny Board from Homage Brooklyn - $100 Value
Plus a 50/50 Raffle
11.1.11 7pm to 9pm
FUNDRAISER FOR FRIENDS OF DOUGLASS/GREENE PARK
FREE FOOD AND BEER!
At the Marriott Fairfield, Brooklyn’s newest and most fabulous hotel. 3rd Avenue and Douglass Street.
Silent auction and raffle with phenomenal prizes and accompanied by live jazz + blues!
Suggested donations of $20 or $11 if you’re our Facebook friend.
Click on the Flyer to the left to Download PDF
It's My Park Day is this Saturday, October 15th
From the Friends of Douglass/Greene Park
Location: Between Nevins & Third Avenue and Douglass & DeGraw Streets
This Saturday, from 10am-2pm, all are welcome
Enjoy Frizbee Golf and Cornholl Contests
A free Skate Board Clinic from 12:00 to 1:00
Meet your neighbors
WHAT TO DO ON THE 4TH OF JULY WEEKEND IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD
Saturday, July 2nd come take a dip in the “DD Pool” and walk across Douglass Street to celebrate the opening of our pool this week.
From 2:30 to 5:00PM we will celebrate the opening of the DD Pool this year. Last year it almost didn’t open but with the enthusiasm of our neighbors and the help of our local politicians – it did!
Lots to do while the lifeguards take their midday break at 2:30 – No entrance fee!
Enjoy music of the band “Omar’s Boat” called “New York’s hippest jam band”, food of the neighborhood, free amusements: large enflatables called “Moonwalk” and “Soccer Fever”, face painting, and pick-up chess games. The kids can silk screen their own T-shirts and everyone can buy our popular longitude & latitude T-shirts ($10.00).
Date: Saturday, July 2nd
Time: 2:30 to 5:00PM – Rain or shine
Place: Douglass Street between Nevins Street & Third Avenue – across from the entrance to the DD Pool
Sponsor: Friends of Douglass/Greene Park, Brooklyn Boulders & Park Slope Civic Council
The Friends of Douglass Greene Park is a non profit 501(c)(3) whose mission is to popularize and improve Thomas Greene Park for the neighborhoods of Gowanus, Boerum Hill, Park Slope, Carroll Gardens and Cobble Hill. Our web site is www.friendsofdouglassgreenepark.org and follow us on Facebook.
The DD Pool actually opens June 29th but we will celebrate the Saturday of 4th of July Weekend in a vacant lot directly across form the Pool Entrance..
Lots to do for kids of ALL ages!
The Pool Rules are attached.
Please forward this email to all of your friends who will be in town (& looking for a fun activity) that weekend!
VIDEO: Skateboarding Benefit at Thomas Greene Park
Three large, cement ‘skate elements’ are now installed in
Thomas Greene Park.
Skate boarders enjoy!
Friends of Douglass/Greene Park is pleased to present
The conceptual plan that has been developed by the Brooklyn Parks Department.
We thank Chief of Staff Martin Maher and his staff for this beautiful plan.
Note: Phase I of the park will hopefully begin this September and be completed by September 2012. Phase I will include the Play Units with the Spray Shower; the Seating/Picnic Area. Phase II (the rest of this plan) is conceptual at this point. More info to follow as soon as we know more!
Read The Article Here
GREAT NEWS ON THE RENOVATION OF
THOMAS GREENE PARK!
Many people have followed the advances the Friends of Douglass/Greene Park have made in the past 3 years: events in the park, fund raisers for park programming, working to allow the DD Pool to open last summer and creating a more colorful park by painting the park’s benches.
Now, we have moved to the next stage. The NYC Parks Department has incorporated many of your suggestions in a bold, beautiful plan. So, come see what they have done.
Time/Date: 6:30 pm, Tuesday, February 1st
Place: 250 Baltic Street Auditorium (take elevator to "G"),
Speaker: Marty Maher, Chief of Staff of Brooklyn Parks Dept.
See the design plans for the funded phase of the renovation, the area facing 3rd Ave., where construction is to begin hopefully, this summer, as well as the "conceptual" sketches for the rest of the park.
- Conceptual (not yet funded) plans for the rest of the park include:
- A NEW swimming pool,
- Skate Board area,
- Basketball Courts,
- Handball Courts,
- Open green plaza,
- A year-round multi-purpose building containing a comfort station & community spaces with a green roof,
- More trees and plantings throughout the renovated park.
We, the Friends of Douglass/Greene Park, look forward to seeing and hearing from you on Tuesday, Feb. 1st! Please mark your calendar and join with us as we build the best park in Brooklyn.
There will be no photographs or reproductions of any kind allowed at this point. Once the plans are finalized and approved, they will be published.
On 1/11/11 Brooklyn Boulders climbing gym will be hosting a silent auction fundraiser event to benefit the Friends of Douglass Greene Park. The fundraiser event will include a silent auction with over 111 items. The event begins at 6pm and tickets are $20 in advance ($10 for children) and $25/$15 at the door. Because BKB is a climbing gym all guests will be able to get on the climbing walls and have fun. The event will also feature refreshments, music, a raffle, and childcare for kids 5 and up. Your kids will be allowed to climb the walls as long as they want under the supervision of Brooklyn Boulders staff.
Brooklyn Boulders is located at 575 Degraw St. on the corner of Degraw and 3rd Ave. just across the street from the Thomas Greene Park. Auction items range from restaurant gift certificates to climbing school passes to furniture and art. All of our auction items have been donated by local businesses in an effort to show community support for the upkeep of the park and all proceeds from the auction and ticket sales are going directly towards refurbishing the park.
So come help us upgrade our favorite city park and have a good time doing it. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the gym or by emailing email@example.com.
We are also running an online auction leading up to the 1/11/11 event. Again, all proceeds are going to the park. The online auction can be found at Biddingforgood.com/douglassgreenepark. Amazing online items include travel packages, gift certificates to Brooklyn businesses, personal training sessions, and much more.
D&D Pool Saved from Budgetary Drowning
Read the Good News Here
The Friends of Douglass/Greene Park, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization. Our mission is to work with the surrounding communities and organizations to revitalize Thomas Greene Park and to support ecological, recreational, educational and economic uses that increase the park’s attractiveness as a destination while respecting the character of the surrounding areas.
The 2.525 acres of Thomas Greene Park came under NYC Parks jurisdiction in 1938. What was known as Double D Playground opened in 1935 and was renamed for local community activist Thomas Greene in 1988.
Thomas Greene was born in Savannah in 1911, lived in the Gowanus Projects and worked for Cornell University's New York City office. Mr. Greene was a member of Community Board 6 and several other community-based Boards and active in the Bethel Baptist Church.
A $213,659 renovation was completed in 1998, installing new play equipment, safety surfacing and handball courts, financed by Borough President Howard Golden. The tree lined playground now contains a camel climbing feature, picnic tables, benches,bordered by basketball courts, the pools and handball courts. At the center of the park stands a flagpole with a yardarm displaying flags of the Parks Department, the City of New York and the United States of America.
The Friends of Douglass/Greene Park Story
The Friends of Douglass/Greene Park, Inc. formed out of a neighborhood-wide search for green space in the downtown Brooklyn area. The Boerum Hill Association initiated the search with a study conducted in 2005 by Phillips Preiss Shapito with funds from a grant from the JM Kaplan Fund. The study concluded that this park, which abuts a popular swimming pool, the “DD Pool”, to the west and is bordered by 3rd Avenue, Douglass Street and DeGraw Street, is profoundly underutilized and has not been updated in decades. The immediate area is densely occupied – with a well-documented lack of green space.
The neighborhoods of Boerum Hill, Carroll Gardens, Park Slope, and Gowanus, the Wyckoff Gardens and Gowanus Houses each appointed representatives to establish a Board of Directors, under the direction of Sue Wolfe, President of the Boerum Hill Association.
The group created a new name to accomodate the varying identities of this block long recreation area. For pool users, this well-kept pool complex is known independent of the park as "DD" or "Douglass" pool. To honor the work of dedicated community activist Thomas Greene, the name "Friends of Douglass/Greene Park" was incorporated.
WHAT DO YOU WANT TO SEE IN OUR PARK?
Bring your kids and neighbors to a "Listening Session" lead by the Brooklyn Parks Dept.. What's your vision for Thomas Greene Park (located between Douglass & DeGraw/Nevins & 3rd Ave.)?
This listening and visioning session is sponsored by the Friends of Douglass/Greene Park, Inc. Help make Thomas Greene Park the next hot destination!
Date: Oct. 2, 2008
Place: Bethel Baptist Church, 265 Bergen St. (between Nevins St. & 3rd Ave.)
What do you want to see in the park? SPEAK UP! A skate park, basketball courts, water feature,
playground (for what ages?), running track, green area & plantings, picnic area, etc??