Hunts Point Landing is a significant component of the South Bronx Greenway Master Plan. It will provide public access to the waterfront and links to other bicycle and pedestrian improvements currently in progress. A key project goal is to integrate public recreation with sustainable design practices, such as biofiltration. The site’s shape (825 feet long by 100 feet wide) derives from its former use as a street and will be used to organize program activities that transition from more active and intensively used in the upland sector to more passive and water-based toward the restored shoreline.
Located at the confluence of the Bronx and East Rivers, the 1.5 acre site offers panoramic views; the circulation and topography within the site have been calibrated to ensure that a visitor sees the water and is led to the shoreline upon entering the park. Water-based activities include a fishing pier, kayak and canoe launch as well as a restored shoreline that will become an educational demonstration of the interaction of fresh and tidal waters. Mathews Nielsen’s innovative shoreline design has been recognized by NOAA who provided grant money towards construction costs. This project is in construction and is scheduled to open to the public in Summer, 2012.
TEXT: Mathews Nielsen
IMAGES: New York City Economic Development Corporation