Past, Present, and Future Fort Greene Park

Past, Present & Future Fort Greene Park is an installation artwork by Pratt Institute design student Eva Oosterlaken, developed in collaboration with Friends of Fort Greene Park. The artwork attempts to shine a light on the stories, memories, opinions, ideas, and dreams, which were contributed by a diverse group of park visitors who enjoy the park, sometimes as long as a lifetime, or as often as everyday. Perhaps a re-design for the park shouldn’t just start at how to make it new, but instead at how to celebrate, nurture, or elevate the existing beauty and value that the park brings to people’s lives.

We Are Fort Greene

The Parks Department misrepresented the health of the 58 mature trees marked for removal -- a total of 83 trees will be removed in the entire park. 13 more London Plane trees will be endangered under their Parks Without Borders redesign plan due to extreme pruning and adjacent excavation.

We welcome an influx of money that would preserve, restore and enhance current and historic park features. NYC Parks commissioners are supposed to be stewards of these publicly owned spaces. Residents expect them to implement community input and maintain the character of our neighborhood park.

Fort Greene residents say NO to Parks Without Borders redesign of the park; NO to cutting down healthy trees and eliminating shade; NO to dismantling historic features; NO to concrete instead of green.

In surveying various landscapes, Olmsted was drawn to the natural style of the English country garden over the more formal, geometric look of French estates. For Olmsted, an effective park was not unlike a good parlor trick in its ability to transport city dwellers from their noisy, crowded surroundings to a man-made Eden.

-- Lisa W. Foderaro, NYT

The Parks That Made the Man Who Made Central Park
Olmsted Design

In 1867, Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, who also designed Central Park and Prospect Park, prepared a plan for the redesign of Fort Greene Park.