This weekend, the 30 acres of new park and public space designed by West 8 will be open to the public for the first time. Some visitors had the opportunity to take a hard hat tour last Summer, but now the park is hard hat free and ready for visitors! Here are some of the exciting things to see in the new park
What began as a suggestion from many visionary visitors is now reality. Take a stroll through Hammock Grove and then relax in one of our red hammocks. In the future, once the trees have had time to grow, the hammocks will be attached to the trees. In the meantime you will be resting between two sturdy wood posts.
An important part of the park design was a beautiful play area. Truly a child explorer’s paradise, the new play structures include a wooden climbing jungle gym, a rope tower, and swings. It will be fun for the whole family.
The new lively green plaza at the entrance of the new park is equipped with all the necessities: plenty of seating, public art on view, and nearby food vendors. Sit down with your lunch and stay awhile to view the beautiful art by Mark Handforth.
Come and watch the youth and adult leagues that will be playing ball on Governors Island’s new ball fields. With Lady Liberty as umpire in the backdrop, we should see some exciting games this summer.
The Hills Construction
At the edge of the new park, you will still see bulldozers and construction vehicles. The Trust is building the Hills. These four hills will be the culminating feature of the new park and will be completed in late 2015.
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