The Chelsea Waterside section of Hudson River Park is a neighborhood gem. One of two Park areas east of West Street, this Park section was originally built by the NYS Department of Transportation as part of the Route 9A reconstruction project. Since then, Hudson River Park has rebuilt many of its original features, most recently, the playground.


Beyond the playground, there’s also a ball field, basketball courts and dog run. Plans for expanding the dog run, picnic area, gardens and a permanent restroom are currently in the works.

Chelsea Waterside Play Area

In summer 2018, the Park opened a new and enlarged playground featuring a custom, multi-colored, 64-foot wooden slide in the shape of a Pipefish, one of many fish species that lives within Park waters. The slide was designed and built by a Denmark-based playground design company, and is the first of their themed playground structures in the northeastern U.S. The playground also includes multiple water features.

The Chelsea Waterside Play Area brings together much of what is special about Hudson River Park, including the adaptive reuse of relics from the past. Limestone cattle head sculptures are incorporated into water features, reclaimed from historic meatpacking district business, New York Butchers’ Dressed Meat Company, whose building was demolished in 1991. Granite seating blocks have also been repurposed from Pier 54’s arch.