Domino Park is built on the former Domino Sugar Refinery, a site of incredible significance to the growth and development of the Brooklyn waterfront. The 5-acre park was the first phase of the transformation of the 11-acre former Domino Sugar Factory site into an ambitious mixed-use development project by Two Trees Management and is sited within a Community Board with one of the lowest ratios of open space to people. Inspired by community input and the site’s rich history, Domino Park reconnects the Williamsburg neighborhood to the East River for the first time in 160 years. The 5-acre park showcases the history of one of New York’s most iconic industrial waterfront sites by integrating over 30 large-scale salvaged relics, including 21 original columns from the Raw Sugar Warehouse, gantry cranes, screw conveyors, bucket conveyors and syrup tanks into an interpretive and educational “Artifact Walk.” The WEDG-certified park is raised above FEMA flood elevations with many native plant species that reduce stormwater runoff and function as an absorbent sponge and first line of defense for the neighborhood against sea level rise. Since its opening, Domino Park has been embraced by the diverse community it serves with nearly 2 million visitors since opening in June 2018. The park offers a range of activities such as beach volleyball, a playground, a dog run, a taco stand, water features, lawns, and plentiful seating. Last summer, the park had over 100 free public events, attended by nearly 7,000 New Yorkers.
Location Brooklyn, NY
Landscape Architect James Corner Field Operations
Master Plan Architects SHoP Architects (with Vishaan Chakrabarti)
Project Team Philip Habib & Associates; Altieri Sebor Wieber; Silman; McLaren Engineering Group; Kelco; Lighting Workshop; Soucy Aquatik; Mark Reigelmän
Category Landscape, Planning
2020 AIANY Design Awards