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Construction has begun on Phase 2 improvements at Chelsea Waterside Park. The new design includes a permanent picnic area, a new public restroom facility, an expanded and refreshed synthetic turf field, a small concession stand and an expanded dog run with separate areas for small and large dogs as well as dog fountains.

Constructing the new and improved amenities will require closures of various Park areas at times. The timing and extent of closures are being coordinated to keep as much of the Park open at a time as possible and to minimize the closure durations. Please take note of our detour signs when posted and visit our alerts page for updated closures. For a full project timeline, please visit here.


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.