District Parks

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.

Download the map of Community District 2 parks and open space

Brooklyn Bridge Park (Not operated by the Department of Parks and Recreation)

Parks and Playgrounds

Adam Yauch Park 
BAM Park (pending renovation and inter-agency transfer) 
Classon (PS 270) Playground (also known as DeKalb Playground) 
Golconda Playground (includes PS 287/JHS 265 Playground) 
JHS 113 Playground, see Edmonds Playground 
Oracle (PS 46) Playground (formerly known as Edward C. Blum Playground) 
Oxport Playground [Albert Lysander] 
PS 11 Playground, see Greene Playground 
PS 46 Playground, see Oracle Playground 
PS 270 Playground, see Classon Playground 
Washington-Hall Park

Plazas and Triangles

Brooklyn Heights Promenade 
[J.W.] Person Square 
[Long Island] University Plaza 
Walt Whitman Park

Highway Embankments

[Brooklyn Bridge] Anchorage Plaza 
Clumber Corner

Community Gardens

Bridge Plaza Community Garden, 153 Concord Street (NYRP) 
Carlton Avenue Garden, 397-401 Carlton Avenue (DPR) 
Brooklyn Bears Pacific Street Garden, 590 Pacific Street (DPR) 
Brooklyn Bears Rockwell Place Garden, 65-73 Flatbush Avenue (DPR) 
Brooklyn’s Finest Garden, 48 Lefferts Place (DPR) 
Classon/Ful-Gate Block Association Garden, 472-474 Classon Avenue (BQLT) 
Clifton Place Block Association Garden, 289 Grand Avenue (BQLT) 
David Foulke Memorial Garden, 248-250 Bergen Street (BQLT) 
Greene Garden, 2 South Portland Avenue (BQLT) 
Hollenbeck Community Garden, 460 Washington Avenue (BQLT) 
Poplar Street Community Garden, 25 Poplar Street (DOT) 
Vinegar Hill Community Garden, 199 York Street (DPR)

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