The restoration of Brooklyn’s waterfront has been an ongoing project for many years. Empire Fulton Ferry State Park, a four-acre park located between the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges, was once public space in the chain of waterfront sites requiring immediate evaluation and appropriate action. Similar in condition to many of the marine structures that protect this district, the concrete seawall at the park was in a state of disrepair, its base overturning, subjected to frequent storms.
LKB was assigned the task of designing an alternative method of shoreline protection that would replace the failing seawall from a functional perspective and create a pedestrian link to the remaining sections of waterfront. With grand views to Manhattan, South Street Seaport in particular, views of both bridges, and the added effect of turn of the century brick clad warehouses surrounding the park, a major goal was to create a public space that would complement the views and provide a place for contemplation and passive activities.
To achieve the project goals, LKB conducted a bulkhead feasibility study to determine the best course of action needed, and prepared schematic park plans for overall future development. The feasibility study included site investigations, development and evaluation, and construction estimates for various shoreline protection systems. As a result, LKB designed and prepared contract documents for a new 600-foot long promenade of reinforced concrete pier and deck construction. The new promenade completes the northern link of this historic revitalization program and is the main focal point of the park.