In Park Slope, long wait for a handball court

He heaved a sigh.

“We’ve been told to expect it soon,” he said, “but I can’t say we’re not being a bit cynical at this point.”

But then, two days after Mr. Hammerman’s remark, there was some very good news from Adrian Benepe, the parks commissioner. Repairs to the long-damaged part of the park have been “largely completed”, Mr Benepe said. There would be a ribbon cutting, in fact, on December 3, during which parks officials would reveal the fruits of the developer’s years of work.

In return for use of the park during construction, the developer went well beyond reopening the handball courts, adding two basketball courts, a skate park and a dog run, all where the old paved ground.

Boymelgreen officials did not respond to four phone calls from a reporter last week.

There was more good news, about another project in the park, the construction nearby on Fourth Avenue of a new large synthetic turf field. This work, which began in September, is a Parks Department initiative and is expected to be completed next summer or fall. Together, the two construction sites shut down much of the park’s three acres.

The groundbreaking ceremony, Mr. Benepe said, would also serve as a belated inauguration of the nearby synthetic turf pitch project. Additionally, it would mark the park’s long-planned official renaming to Washington Park, in commemoration of the area’s role in the Battle of Brooklyn. (The name of JJ Byrne, a former borough president, will remain, on a playground in the park.)