Golfing with Polar Bear

Hole #3 of Domino Park’s Putting Green, artist Juanli Carrión addresses the plight of the polar bear’s vanishing hunting grounds Photo Credit: Samantha Matson

This is mini-golf with a big message.  Domino Park’s Putting Green, a climate change-themed mini golf course recently opened in mid-July. These 18 holes that bring multiple facets of climate change up close and personal were designed by community artists and designers, school groups, environmental advocacy organizations, and public agencies.

The course is located at River Street and North 1st Street and is open to the public seven days a week. Tickets are available on a first-come-first-serve basis; generally admission is $10 for Adults and $5 Children/Seniors — BUT on Wednesdays before 5 p.m. and Saturdays before 1 p.m. admission is $5 for Adults and $2 Children/Seniors. Proceeds from this course will be donated to local nonprofit organizations addressing climate change and resiliency issues in NYC, two of which are: Wildlife Conservation Society and the Newtown Creek Alliance

The Williamsburg Bridge overlooks several holes of the new Putting Green at Domino Park. Each hole was designed by an artist to comment on climate change. Of course, there is a windmill in this mini-course. Photo Credit: Samantha Matson

The construction of this course also had saving the environment in the forefront.  “Two Trees and the golf course designers took several steps to ensure that the most environmentally friendly methods were used to create each hole. For example, when you’re entering the golf course, the globe that you pass was made from recycled plastic bottle caps and scraps of left-over turf. All of the curbing surrounding the holes is also made of 100% recycled tires, and all of the plants in and around the course were selected for their native habitat qualities and to complement the existing self-seeded landscape,” informed the press release.

“This mini golf course is an opportunity to start a conversation with players of all ages about climate change and its impacts,” said David Lombino, Managing Director with Two Trees.The entrance to Putting Green at Domino Park is located at North 1st Street and River Street. Monday–Wednesday: 12 p.m.–8 p.m.  & Thursday–Sunday: 10 a.m.–8 p.m. Generally Admission is $10/Adults; $5 Children/Seniors. For a virtual tour of the course and more information go to: https://www.puttinggreenbk.org/visit

Author: Lori Ann Doyon

Managing editor, head writer, and lead photographer of Greenline | North Brooklyn News since October 2014. Resident of Williamsburg, Brooklyn since 1990.

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