April 6, 2018 By Nathaly Pesantez
Domino Park, the name of the new six-acre parkland along the Williamsburg waterfront, is set to open to the public in June.
The park is located just off the Williamsburg Bridge, directly in front of the landmarked Domino Sugar Refinery Building, where Two Trees, a Brooklyn-based developer, is working on a massive 11-acre project. The park will open on June 10, a Two Trees spokesperson said.
Domino Park will feature an array of amenities, with the parkland divided into three programming areas. The parts near the Williamsburg Bridge will lend themselves to move active uses, while a more passive environment will distinguish the northernmost end.
Visitors will be able to stroll through the five-block long Artifact Walk at the north end of the site, which includes over 30 large-scale artifacts of salvaged machinery from the old industrial site. Some of the cylindrical tanks that collected syrup during the refining process, for example, will be laid out on the stretch.
Also at the northern end, from South 2nd Street to Grand Street, will be a passive recreation area. The space includes a Japanese Pine Garden before the Artifact Walk, and a picnic area for at least 80 people. A food kiosk, a kids play space, and “urban beach” with chaise lounges also forms part of the recreation park.
A central gathering space called “Water Square” will be situated between the northern and southern ends of the park. It includes a large seating area, river viewing steps towards the water’s edge, and more salvaged syrup tanks from the Refinery.
Amenities in the active spaces include a 1,750 square-foot dog run, two bocce courts, a 6,300 square foot multi-purpose playing field, and a volleyball court.
The park was designed by James Corner Field Operations.
The entire 11-acre Domino Sugar Factory development includes four residential buildings with nearly 3,000 rentals, 700 of which will be affordable. The first residential building has already opened, with the second scheduled to open next year.
The landmarked refinery site itself will hold thousands of square feet of office space inside its brick walls.