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Washington Park Renovation Nearly Complete

The complete overhaul that Washington (formerly J.J. Byrne) Park has been receiving for well over the past year is very close to nearing completion.

A glimpse through the chain link fence reveals a nearly grass-free park, one that's dominated by a very large playground, plenty of trees, and the Old Stone House. Here's a view of the entire schematic.

This park, on Fifth between Third and Fifth Streets, also has a whole lot of history, being home to one of the first Major League baseball fields (complete with a grandstand that seated nearly 10,000), as well as the first incarnation of the Brooklyn Dodgers. It was also a major battleground during the Revolutionary War.

Reader Comments (11)

I cannot wait for this to be done, yay! And, as far as I know, the playground is still being called J Byrne, but, the rest of the park (the field, the handball courts, the dog run, etc.), are being called Washington Park.

March 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterParkSlopePerson

It's gorgeous. Unfortunately, your photo omitted the Dale Talde Food Court under construction, as well as the Casa Diddles, home of the $9.99 mission burrito.

March 29, 2012 | Unregistered Commenteranon

Dale actually reconstructed this park himself, while not working on the mullet bar.

It looks great, worthy upgrades, including engineered play surfaces under all the new equipment.

March 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterFelton

HA!! 8>
I love frequent commenter inside humor. It's not geeky at all!!

March 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterParkSloper

@ParkSloper Seconded!

March 29, 2012 | Registered CommenterHere's Park Slope

This is going to look awfully sweet when it's done. Great job.

FACT: the Revolutionary War triumph which occurred at the site of the Old Stone House was quite the mission fought entirely on burros, hence the name "Mission Burrito" originating in our very own Park Slope.

March 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterParkPlace

Honestly I don't see any major aesthetic change to the park. They worked on this for almost a year and this is what they have done? This project is devoid of any imagination. Too much concrete. At least the construction companies made a few bucks from we park slopers.

March 29, 2012 | Unregistered Commentertheodore

The playground was 100% totally changed, equipment, layout, everything. I don't see how you think it looks the same

March 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterParkSlopePerson

does anyone have an exact date for the grand opening?

March 30, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterkidmustplay

may 11 is the grand and official opening. It may open before then, though.

March 31, 2012 | Unregistered Commentermatt

This is really nice and very informative post. i have go through some comments and i resolved my queries, which was making me frustated. thanks to you guys are doing well.

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