Thomas Balsley unveils design for 8-acre green space at Pacific Park Brooklyn

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Thomas Balsley's Pacific Park. ( COURTESY  VUW STUDIOS)

Thomas Balsley’s Pacific Park. ( COURTESY VUW STUDIOS)

After countless delays, plenty of controversy, and a few lawsuits, Brooklyn’s Pacific Park mega-development (formerly Atlantic Yards) is starting to take shape. The Barclays Center’s green roof is showing progress, SHoP’s long-delayed modular tower is rising again next door, and a pair of COOKFOX-designed residential buildings are underway at the development’s eastern edge. And now, the project’s new namesake, the 8-acre Pacific Park, has finally been unveiled.

Thomas Balsley's Pacific Park. ( COURTESY VUW STUDIOS)

Thomas Balsley’s Pacific Park. ( COURTESY VUW STUDIOS)

The New York Daily News has posted the first renderings, and a master plan, of the Thomas Balsley-designed green space which replaces a street-level parking lot and will stretch through the development’s crop of new towers. Besides the requisite grassy lawns and planted areas, Pacific Park is packed with cruise-ship-like amenities including a bocce court, basketball court, maisonette court, water garden, and play areas for kids and toddlers. There is also cafe seating, lanterns, and a “gateway portal” with graphic signage. The green space is a major amenity for the development’s new tenants, but will also be open to the public.

Thomas Balsley's Pacific Park. ( COURTESY  VUW STUDIOS)

Thomas Balsley’s Pacific Park. ( COURTESY VUW STUDIOS)

The first piece of Pacific Park will run between COOKFOX’s two under-construction buildings and be completed next summer. The full eight acres will be built out over the next 10 years, along with the rest of the development.

Thomas Balsley's Pacific Park. ( COURTESY  VUW STUDIOS)

Thomas Balsley’s Pacific Park. ( COURTESY VUW STUDIOS)

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