Brownsville’s Betsy Head Park is now open to the public after a $30 million upgrade, which included the addition of the city’s first-ever Parkour teen fitness course and the neighborhood’s biggest skate park.

The upgrade of the 106-year-old park reimagines the two pieces of land that sit diagonally across Dumont Ave. to create a cohesive, inclusive and multi-generational green space.

In a press release, a spokesperson from Abel Bainnson Butz, LLP (ABB) Landscape Architects, who worked on the project with NYC Parks Department, said the vision was to provide a versatile experience for all ages and abilities, which met the current and changing needs of the community.

The new design offers areas for relaxation and exercise that are tailored towards teenagers and adults of all abilities, including a inclusionary self-competitive basketball course for those with physical and mental disabilities.

The new design preserves large trees and incorporates elements derived from community workshops and neighborhood planning efforts.

An accessible basketball circuit provides non-conventional backboards to create an inclusionary game. Photo: Supplied.

The new design includes a multipurpose event space with amphitheater-style seating that could cater to a range of small-scale community events, such as farmer’s markets, informal outdoor performance events, tai chi, yoga, and outdoor movie screenings and serves as an outdoor classroom for adjacent schools.

The larger section of the park, on the south side of Dumont Ave., was designed to accommodate an assortment of athletic programming. The new synthetic turf field can be used for softball, football, soccer and lacrosse, and it is surrounded by a 4-lane running track. There are also several outdoor fitness stations.

Renovations at Brownsville’s Betsy Head Park. Photo: Supplied.

Other amenities include granite domino and chess tables, a traverse wall, handball court, seating areas, basketball courts, new security lighting, ADA accessible entrances and a completely renovated comfort station.

The renovation was completed with funds from the Mayor’s office, as part of a $150-million-dollar investment in five large, regional parks across each of the NYC boroughs.


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  1. We now need to ensure this is an enforced neutral zone, children in our common unity (community need) a place to play safely without fear of senseless violence and gang nonsense. Let’s keep this area clean and violence free- by all means necessary! ~Bud Brownsville

    1. Pool is still there. It’s not part of the Park. Separate entity. Big beautiful awesome pool in between two renovated parks. So looking forward to spending plenty of time outdoors there

  2. I have already invited my chess playing brothers (and sisters) to come out and use those chess tables for their intended purpose!!

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