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Groundbreakings and Grand Openings: Looking Ahead at 2021

From groundbreakings to pier openings, 2021 kicks off a year of tremendous growth for Hudson River Park. Below we’re highlighting some of the Park projects celebrating major milestones this year.

Gansevoort Peninsula

Gansevoort Peninsula rendering overhead shot

Breaking ground this spring, Gansevoort Peninsula at Horatio St. will become the largest single public recreational space within HRPK, adding 5.5 acres of parkland to our city. The southern edge will be transformed into a resilient “beach” offering river access for non-motorized boaters. The northern edge will be reconstructed as a salt marsh, providing both enhanced environmental habitat and education opportunities. A large sports field and plenty of places to stroll, lounge and picnic along the riverfront will also make Gansevoort a beloved Park destination.

Little Island at Pier 55

Little-Island-HRPK-Pier 55

Opening this spring, Little Island at Pier 55, located in the Park at W 14 St., is already capturing the imagination of New Yorkers. Little Island is a philanthropic gift of public open space to New York City by the Diller-Von Furstenberg Foundation. When complete, the pier’s paths will lead to unique scenic outlooks to take in NYC and New York Harbor views. An outdoor amphitheater and other informal gathering spaces throughout the pier will host diverse performances and programmatic offerings, making the new pier an exciting new cultural venue as well as a striking green space.

Pier 97

Pier 97 Rendering overhead shot

Breaking ground this spring, Pier 97 at W 55 St. will bring inviting new parkland to the northernmost section of Hudson River Park. A playground with water features, a flexible activity field, a sunset deck and an all-ages slide will delight the young and young at heart. A gently sloping lawn and flowers galore will create new places to relax and take in the river breezes along HRPK’s northernmost public pier.

Public Art, Chelsea Waterside & Pier 57

Rendering of David Hammon's Days End, a ghost pier structure symbolizing the old Pier 52 in Hudson River Park

2021 is a promising year for other projects in our west side backyard as well. Days End, David Hammons’ site-specific public art project – a donation from the Whitney Museum of American Art – will open to the public later this spring along the southern edge of the Gansevoort Peninsula. The groundbreaking for the second phase of Chelsea Waterside’s renovation is happening this summer and will include an expanded dog run and replacement of the sports field as well as brand new amenities such as a central lawn, dedicated picnic area, comfort station facilities and a small concession kiosk. Plus, the opening of the historic Pier 57 at W 15 St. is slated for 2021 as well, with an exciting educational space on the way for our River Project programming.

We’ll continue to keep you updated on the latest as we take strides toward the completion of the final 20% of Hudson River Park. Sign up for our newsletter to keep up with the latest in Hudson River Park.