An eight-month-long renovation project at Corlear’s Hook Park wrapped up this week, and a sparkling new sports complex is due to open later this month. The $2 million project includes a new large playing field for soccer and baseball, a batting cage, a bullpen and two dugouts. Creature comforts such as new benches and water fountains were also added–although there are still no restrooms.
The project, which we previewed back in March, was funded by the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation. It was the first capital improvement project since 1996 at the 4-acre park, which runs along the FDR between Jackson and Cherry streets and also features a dog run.
The parks department is planning an official ribbon-cutting ceremony in the next two weeks, said spokesperson Philip Abramson. In the meantime, we got a sneak peek with our camera yesterday; more photos after the jump.
Beautiful and much-needed.
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