NYC breaks ground on new Governors Island Park

NYC breaks ground on new Governors Island Park
The Shell at Liberty Terrace

Recently, New York City officials broke ground on Phase 1 of the new Governors Island Park, with over 30 acres including Liggett Terrace, a six acre plaza with seasonal plantings, seating, water features and public art; Hammock Grove, a ten acre space that is home to 2,000 new trees, play areas and hammocks; and the Play Lawn, 14 acres for play and relaxation that includes two turf ball fields sized for adult softball and Little League baseball. Also to be built will be welcome areas, a re-graded Parade Ground and key visitor amenities, including lighting, seating and signage throughout the Historic District.

NYC breaks ground on new Governors Island Park
Masterplan (click for enlargment)
The new Governors Island Park was designed by West 8 urban design & landscape architecture. The design was founded on a richly layered conceptual approach, responsive to the promise of the Island’s opportunities and the diverse interests of New Yorkers. Since beginning design in 2008, the team has been refining, enhancing and laying out initial strategies.
NYC breaks ground on new Governors Island Park
Hammock Grove
NYC breaks ground on new Governors Island Park

Governors Island opens Saturday May 26 for the 2012 season including the reopening of Castle Williams after an extensive three year renovation which was funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, National parks Service Recreation Fee Program, and an appropriation secured through the efforts of Congressman Jerrold Nadler. This renovation has made it possible for members of the public to experience this historic structure, learn about its history through interpretive exhibits, and for the first time, experience an unparalleled view of Lower Manhattan and the New York Harbor from the top of the Castle.

The Island will be open every Saturday, Sunday and Holiday Monday from May 26 through September 30. The Island is closed on Fridays to facilitate construction of the new park and public spaces.

Images: West 8 Urban Design and Landscape Architecture

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