Work begins on second phase of $30 million Betsy Head Park project in Brownsville

Work started on phase two of the $30 million reconstruction of Betsy Head Park in Brooklyn.

The second phase of the project at Betsy Head Park totals $23 million in upgrades. It is one of five projects funded through the Anchor Parks initiative.

The Anchor Parks initiative committed a total of $150 million in city funding for major improvements at five large parks: Astoria Park in Queens, Highbridge Park in Manhattan, Betsy Head Park in Brooklyn, St. Mary’s Park in the Bronx, and Freshkills Park on Staten Island. More than 750,000 New Yorkers live within walking distance of the five Anchor Parks.

The Betsy Head Park project has been executed in two phases totaling $30 million in city funding.

During the first phase the project completely re-envisioned and reconstructed the multi-purpose play area, basketball courts, active fitness area, and new skate park. The $7 million project was completed in June 2020.

In the second phase, the project reconstructed the southern portion of the park, including a large synthetic turf field, rubberized track, sports courts, seating areas, and added an adult fitness equipment area. Phase II also includes the reconstruction of a comfort station and park utility building, which is anticipated to be complete in Spring 2022. This phase totals $23 million in upgrades.


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