A cute find with a beautiful sensory walk. This is a tiny park tucked into a triangle where the Bushwick and Bed-Stuy street grids meet, but there’s a lot going on. We thought the layout was well-arranged and that it packed a lot into a small lot.
And the nicest surprise was a natural sensory walking path, built to highlight plants and flowers with a few sensory toys along the way. In general, the flowers in this park are very nice and someone is obviously taking good care to grow them. There’s also a big picnic and chess area with lots of tables and benches right outside the playground.
This is a great place to chill if you live nearby, and still worth seeking out if you’re in north Brooklyn.
A beautiful new playground, this toddler-forward playspace is one of the best in the area.
For years I walked by a desolate triangular shaped lot, and then one day out of nowhere there was a park. The park is a lovely space, a big improvement over the old lot that was there. The empty lot had been in the background of an episode of Girls to suggest Buswick was a bit run down. Ironically, Zosia Mamet lived just two blocks away on Flushing Avenue. But I digress.
The playground is lovely. The design of the main piece is one single ascending ramp leading to the tallest platform with a tower. Other elements come off of this, but it creates a very easy way for a toddler to play, and to keep an eye on them while they do it. The fact that the equipment is brand new helps too.
At first I didn't think there was much in the way of sensory equipment, but then I realized there was a little pathway circling the playground with sensory boards every few feet. The one problem here is the vegetation was overgrown, so there was some sensory experiences happening, but was mostly the native plants reaching out and grabbing at us.
The lot is absolutely not shaded at all. We were there late in the afternoon, but even then we had sunlight reflecting off the windows of the building across the street. I can imaging this is a very hot playground to play in during the summer.
The playground is intended for toddlers, so its not all that complicated. Simple, effective, but not for everyone.
Beaver Noll opened in 2019 and includes heavy amount of landscaping. Construction took seven years, which is why we can't have nice things. The project cost more than $3m.