Partial Park Re-Opening!

2 Dec

First visitors check out the fountain plaza.

Everyone was pleasantly surprised this morning when The City decided to partially re-open Berczy Park despite delays finalizing a few park features. Bright and early, construction crews removed the metal fencing, giving  the public  access to the park pathways, main plaza and the mural garden/on-leash pet area behind the Flatiron Building.

While crews continue to work in the park, everyone can now enjoy the broad, accessible walkways, ample seating, and extensive lighting that will ensure safe nighttime use.


a close-up view of pet-themed fountain, topped with golden bone and 27 dogs/1 cat sculpture.

The City reports that:

  • Some park features are yet to be installed, including some pet sculptures in and around the fountain, plus fountain lighting and paving.
  • Also to be installed in Spring 2017: a dramatic children’s play/art structure, designed by local artist Luis Jacob, will complete the currently-fenced off greenspace bordering Scott St.
  • All landscaped, grassy areas, will be fenced-off/off limits to the public until Spring 2017 to protect the newly laid sod and allow healthy roots to establish.
  • Additional trees will be added around the park border along Wellington St in 2017, following scheduled street repairs.
  • Temporary trash and recycling bins are in place, and more will be added around the park perimeter to help keep the park clean.
  • As a result, the City has postponed the park grand-opening celebration until the Spring, when all park features are in place, including additional moveable furniture around the fountain plaza.

Friends of Berczy Park asks you to:

  • Enjoy the new park, and share your comments and photos on our twitter feed , @friendsofberczy, and here on our blog.
  • Spread the word about our lovely new park, and refer others to our blog for park updates and design information.
  • Help care for our park: Keep it clean and report any problems you see to Friends of Berczy Park or 3-11.
  • And, of special note to pet-owners, please respect the fenced-off landscaped areas, so the grass can settle. Make use of the gravel-surface, on-leash pet area/mural garden behind the Flatiron Bldg when nature calls your pet to the park.
  • Finally, watch for our Friends of Berczy Park’s park-user survey in early 2017, to help us get your feedback on the types of events and activities that may pop-up in Your Berczy Park next year.

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2 Responses to “Partial Park Re-Opening!”

  1. Marie Gemmell January 13, 2017 at 3:53 pm #

    Whoever designed the fountain in this park should go back to school, because this fountain looks like it was designed by a 10 year old (actually that’s an insult to 10 year olds everywhere) this is a definite embarrassment to our city which presents itself as ‘first class’. I am ashamed of it and I am sure there are lots of other people who feel my shame.

    • Francie Wood February 17, 2017 at 3:38 pm #

      I agree with you 100%, Marie. This park is trying to be all things to all people, pets and children. The fountain is not whimsical, it is a joke and an embarrassment. And certainly does not belong downtown beside an iconic building in a historic district. No class. So sad.

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