Brooklyn Botanic Garden breaks ground on new overlook

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Brooklyn Botanic Garden is enhancing the visitors' experience with a new renovation project.

Officials broke ground for the Robert W. Wilson Overlook. The new overlook will have a pathway with retaining walls to provide better access throughout the park.

The current site is one of the garden’s undeveloped areas.

Representatives told News 12 that the space with be reimagined, reconstructed and replanted to create a landscape that will embrace the entire garden.

"It's one of the iconic spaces in the garden it looks down on the Rose Garden at on the famous cherry esplanade but it is not a place where you can actually move through and inhabit," said Scot Medbury, president of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. "One of the best parts of this project is that it makes more of the garden accessible to people that may have some challenges getting around."

The renovation is part of a decadelong series of site improvements at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.

The Robert W. Wilson Overlook is expected to open next summer.

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