According to Recreation and Open Space in New York City, prepared by the Department of City Planning, there are 106.5 acres of parkland in Community District 2. This represents 5.7 percent of the 1864.1 acre total land area. The document, which has not been updated in over a decade, calculated that the community district had 1.13 acres for every 1,000 residents, less than half the 2.50 acre goal of City Planning.
Since the agency's analysis, the United States Census Bureau's 2008 American Community Survey estimates the district population has grown by 20 percent. No public parks were added during that period. The partially completed Brooklyn Bridge Park will eventually increase the amount of parkland in Community District 2 by 85 acres, or 80 percent. However, the park is on the edge of the district and while certainly an asset locally, it will be a regional destination shared by visitors from all over the city and beyond.
At 30 acres, Fort Greene Park is the 22nd largest park in Brooklyn and the flagship park of Community District 2. The park is the site of the Prison Ship Martyrs Monument, the memorial to and final resting place of 11,500 Revolutionary War prisoners. Commodore Barry Park is the 34th largest park in the borough and the larger of only two parks in the district with playing fields. A considerable amount of the parks department property in the community district is designed for passive recreation. The city-owned parks in Community District 2 are listed below with links to individual websites providing the location, facilities available and varying amounts of additional information.
Brooklyn Bridge Park (Not operated by the Department of Parks and Recreation)
BQLT = Brooklyn Queens Land Trust
DOT = New York City Department of Transportation
DPR = New York City Department of Parks and Recreation
NYRP = New York Restoration Project