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Fort Greene Park

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Brooklyn's first public park

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Borough : Brooklyn
Neighborhood : Fort Greene
Parks and Gardens, Highlights in Central Brooklyn, Recreation, Play

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Brooklyn's first park, Fort Greene Park has been a centerpiece of its local community since it opened in 1848. Today it continues to be a vital gathering spot in the midst of the Fort Greene Historic District.

In 1846 poet Walt Whitman called for a public park to be built on the hilltop site of Fort Putnam, a key location of the Battle of Brooklyn during the Revolutionary War. Two years later, Brooklyn's first public park opened on this 30-acre site with the name Washington Park.

In the 1860s, the park received a major redesign by the nationally prominent landscape architects Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, who were also responsible for Central and Prospect parks, among others. Their 1868 design for the park included many hallmarks of the firm's romantic naturalistic style including a rustic stone retaining wall and winding cobblestone paths. In its new form the park became...

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United States Department of the Interior, National Park Service. "National Register of Historic Places Inventory--Nomination Form." Fort Greene Historic District.

On The Web

NYC Dept. of Parks & Recreation
Fort Green Park Conservancy Website


Anonymous Nominator

Area changed, so now it is nice and convenient. Has historic value. Richard Wright wrote here--there's a special bench.

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