What to Look For in the New Park

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

 

Hammocks!

Image by Tim Schenck, courtesy of the Trust.

Take a rest in Hammock Grove. Image by Tim Schenck, courtesy of the Trust.

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.

Play Structures

New play structures on Governors Island. Image by Michele Castellano, courtesy of the Trust.

Climb onto our new play structures. Image by Michele Castellano, courtesy of the Trust.

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.

 

Liggett Terrace

Liggett Terrace. Image by Tim Schenck, courtesy of The Trust.

Take a seat in Liggett Terrace. Image by Tim Schenck, courtesy of The Trust.

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.

 

Play Lawn

The Play Lawn. Image by Tim Schenck, courtesy of The Trust.

Dramatic views make for dramatic games on the Play Lawn  Image by Tim Schenck, courtesy of The Trust.

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

Building Slide Hill. Image by Lexi Quint, courtesy of The Trust.

Building Slide Hill. Image courtesy of The Trust.

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.

See our full summer calender here and ferry schedule here.

 

 

 

Happy Holidays from Governors Island!

Happy Holidays from Governors Island

Sending warm wishes for the holidays and a great start to 2014!

Snow Day on Governors Island!

The first snowfall of the season is always a treat on Governors Island! In keeping with the trend – many of our favorite NYC parks are posting photos of the fluffy white stuff – we wanted to give you a glimpse of the wintry landscape out here.

All wrapped up in snow.

Colonels Row all wrapped up in snow.

A view into snow covered Nolan Park.

A view into snow-clad Nolan Park.

The snow covered porches and brick paths of Nolan Park.

The snow covered porches and brick paths of Nolan Park.

Hammock Grove, in the newly completed park. These trees will grow stronger as they brave the winter weather!

Hammock Grove, in the newly completed park. These trees will grow stronger as they brave the winter weather!

Also, don’t miss the fantastic album that our friends at Governors Island National Monument posted this morning!

Let the Countdown Begin! Final Tree to be Planted Next Week

Next Thursday, November 14, the Trust will host New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and special guests to plant the final tree in Liggett Terrace, marking the completion this month of the first 30 acres of new park on Governors Island. This ceremony represents a major milestone in the transformation of Governors Island.

Hammock Grove looking toward Lower Manhattan / Photo: Trust for Governors Island

Hammock Grove looking toward Lower Manhattan / Photo: Trust for Governors Island

Designed by acclaimed landscape architecture firm West 8, the new park spaces include Liggett Terrace, a sunny, six acre plaza with seasonal plantings, seating, water features and public art; Hammock Grove, a shady ten acre space that is home to 1,500 new trees, play areas and hammocks; and the Play Lawn, 14 acres for play and relaxation that includes two grass ball fields sized for adult softball and Little League baseball.

Plantings will mature through the spring and the Island and new park spaces will open to the public on Memorial Day Weekend 2014.  We’ll be posting daily photos on our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter accounts over the next seven days to capture the exciting final touches and to provide a glimpse of what’s to come next summer. Be sure to follow us if you don’t already!

Meanwhile The Hills, which are the next phase of the park, are already rising with the goal of opening Outlook Hill in 2015. Visit the Governors Island YouTube channel to see a visualization of the Hills rising and the amazing view from the top!

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