This neighborhood gem in the Chelsea section of Hudson River Park is about to receive a $12.6 million upgrade. Later this summer, construction should begin on a long-awaited comfort station. In addition, the redesign features also include an enlarged dog run, a renovated turf field and a permanent picnic area.
The comfort station will be configured as a gateway to the sports field. The building will feature a unique cladding system and solar panels to reduce the Park’s energy footprint (learn more about the Park’s sustainability initiatives here). The expanded dog run will have areas for large and small dogs, each with canine water, play areas, seating and colorful pavement. The popular synthetic turf field will be reconstructed and enlarged to provide a warm up area. The central area of the park, currently a paved walkway, will be transformed into a picnic area with a lawn for recreation. Pathways lined with trees and lush plantings will provide access to all site elements and the Route 9A crosswalk.
Chelsea Waterside Park was originally built by the NYS Department of Transportation prior to the Hudson River Park’s existence. In addition to the upgrades listed above the Hudson River Park Trust has already completed several enhancements, including a comprehensive reconstruction project of the Chelsea Waterside Playground with a custom-designed, 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 to be installed in the northeastern U.S. The playground also includes multiple water features and reclaimed objects from the waterfront’s storied past.