Tour of New Park Land on Governors Island
June 17, 2014
Leslie Koch, President, The Trust for Governors Island, extended a special invitation to The New York Landmarks Conservancy for a behind the scenes tour of the 30 acres of new park land on Governors Island.
The public spaces 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. These spaces opened for public use for the first time during Memorial Day Weekend.
Ground has also broken on The Hills, four man-made hills promising dramatic new experiences and views of New York Harbor that are the culminating feature of the new Governors Island Park. Made of recycled construction and fill materials, The Hills will rise 25 to 80 feet above the Island, and the summit of the tallest Hill will provide visitors with a 360-degree panorama of the Statue of Liberty, the Harbor, and the Lower Manhattan skyline. The Hills are currently under construction with the goal of completion in 2015.
Thanks to Leslie Koch and Project Manager, Claire Kelly.
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