Building the New Park

Hammock Grove features 50 beautiful hammocks with outstanding views of the Statue of Liberty

Hammock Grove features 50 beautiful hammocks with outstanding views of the Statue of Liberty

The Trust for Governors Island has completed construction on the first 30 acres of new park and public spaces. These new spaces were designed by the acclaimed Dutch landscape architecture firm, West 8.

The new 30 acres of park include Liggett Terrace, a sunny, six-acre plaza with seasonal plantings, seating, water features and public art; Hammock Grove, a sunny ten-acre space that is home to 1,500 new trees, play areas and 50 hammocks; and the Play Lawn, 14 acres for play and relaxation that includes two natural turf ball fields sized for adult softball and Little League baseball.  In addition, new welcome areas have been added at the Island’s ferry landings, as have key visitor amenities, including lighting, seating and signage throughout the Historic District.

Adirondack chairs provide places to rest for visitors of all sizes.

Adirondack chairs provide places to rest for visitors of all sizes.

These wonderful spaces opened for public use for the first time in May 2014.

The Trust has also broken ground on The Hills, an additional 10 acres that are the culminating feature of the new Governors Island Park. Made of recycled construction and fill materials, The Hills will rise 25 to 70 feet above the Island, and the summit of the tallest Hill will provide visitors with a 360-degree panorama of the Statue of Liberty, New York Harbor and the Lower Manhattan skyline. The Hills are currently under construction with the goal of completion in 2016.

See the pictures of the new park!

As the team developed the plan, the public provided thousands of comments. They continue to do so in an interactive exhibition on the Island, by leaving comments here, and also on our Facebook page.