Brooklyn War Memorial to Be Renovated, Cadman Park Renewed

Cadman Plaza

Photo by Barbara Eldredge

Only longtime Brooklynites will remember the days before this war memorial was closed to the public. After being shuttered for 25 years, Cadman Park’s War Memorial is finally being renovated back to life.

The Brooklyn Borough President’s Office, the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership and the Cadman Park Conservancy are teaming up to bring the Brooklyn War Memorial back into ADA compliancy (the reason for its initial closure).

cadman plaza war memorial

In addition to bringing the memorial up to code, the project will also add 27,600 square feet of event space to the memorial, bringing in a roof terrace, exhibition center and a restoration of the Wall of Honor.

The development is budgeted to cost $11,800,000, plus an additional $3,800,000 for an adjoining landscaping project. Right now the Borough President has committed $1 million to the renovation and $500,000 to landscaping in the 2016 capital budget. It isn’t yet clear where the rest of the funding will come from.

The collaborators have produced a 31-page feasibility study (PDF) regarding the memorial renovation, as well as the Brooklyn Strand plan to knit together green spaces in Downtown Brooklyn.

cadman plaza war memorial

Brooklyn War Memorial

Photo by Barbara Eldredge

[Slides: Brooklyn War Memorial Feasibility Study (PDF)]

A version of this post originally appeared on Brownstoner.

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