Seth Low Park Reopens, Pols Break Ground On New Soccer Fields


Students from Bensonhurst’s Success Academy joined Councilman Greenfield for the ribbon cutting. (Photo by Hannah Frishberg / Bensonhurst Bean)

Seth Low Park is officially back open. After months of renovations Bensonhurst’s popular green space and recreation center, closed since the spring, reopened this morning to much fanfare despite the frigid weather.

Indeed, officials in attendance were quick to cut the celebratory ribbon, take a few photos with two classes of students from Bensonhurst Success Academy, located across the street from the park (the kids almost didn’t come, it was so cold) and then dismiss the few attendees to hurry to warmth through the snow flurry.

In attendance were Councilman Greenfield, NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver, Assemblyman William Colton, Community Board 11 Chair William R. Guarinello, and Community Board 11 District Manager Marnee Elias-Pavia, as well as the United Chinese Association and Success Academy Bensonhurst.

The event celebrated both the completion of the second phase of Seth Low Park’s rehabilitation, which included the construction of new basketball and handball courts, as well as the ground breaking on phase three, the construction of two synthetic turf fields, one striped for soccer and one unmarked field for other activities.

The kids braved the cold and seemed genuinely excited about the park, which is located across from their school, reopening. (Photo by Hannah Frishberg / Bensonhurst Bean)

From a pamphlet handed out at the ribbon-cutting:

A state of the art outdoor fitness area will be featured, new trees and benches will provide shaded areas to sit and relax and drinking fountains and ground hydrants and an accessible ramp complete the project, which is expected to open in fall of 2017.

Elizabeth Walsack, District 11 Park Manager, can be contacted for any feedback regarding the park. She can be reached at (718) 259-4016.

For those interested in volunteering at the park, contact Partnerships for Parks Brooklyn Outreach Coordinator Claudette RAmos at [email protected] or (718) 965-8907

It was so windy that Councilman Greenfield’s sign blew off a fence it was ziptied to. Here it is, before and after blowing off. (Photo by Hannah Frishberg / Bensonhurst Bean)

Officials prepare to cut the ribbon honoring the park’s reopening. (Photo by Hannah Frishberg / Bensonhurst Bean)

The men’s bathroom was still very much under construction. (Photo by Hannah Frishberg / Bensonhurst Bean)

The second phase of the park’s rehabilitation has now been completed. (Photo by Hannah Frishberg / Bensonhurst Bean)

A diagram of the park handed out on a packet at the ribbon-cutting. (Photo by Hannah Frishberg / Bensonhurst Bean)