Construction has begun on the Gansevoort Peninsula, a 5.5-acre site that will be transformed into a green oasis for New Yorkers as part of the continued build-out of Hudson River Park. Public amenities will include a resilient rocky beach with access for non-motorized boaters on the southern edge, boardwalks, a large sports field, dog run, adult fitness area, restrooms and a small concession, pedestrian promenades and a salt marsh on the northern edge. FDNY Marine Company 1 will remain at Pier 53.
The first step in transforming this area into public parkland involves placing clean sand and gravel onto the existing land to “surcharge” or pre-load the site, enabling the existing land to settle and strengthen so that settlement is not an issue once the Park is complete. The materials pile will remain in place for several months, after which it will be reused on site as part of the eventual landscape.
At our March 25 Board of Directors meeting, the Trust approved two major contracts for the Gansevoort Peninsula and the first contract for Pier 97. In May, work associated with the Marine Construction and General Construction Phase 1 contracts approved in March will begin. Together, these contracts include the salt marsh and beach with boating launch, boardwalk, lawn for passive recreation, synthetic turf field, esplanades, paths, plantings and general park amenities. We have also issued an RFP for electrical construction at Gansevoort, and will later release additional RFPs for the park building and other public amenities including the dog run and outdoor fitness area. New York City is approving all of the funds for Gansevoort. Approved contracts thus far total approximately $28 million including contingency.
In January 2019, the Hudson River Park Trust hired a design team led by James Corner Field Operations to design this new Park area. An important part of the design process is hearing from the public about the types of uses that are desired for this large area. This process began in March 2019, when the design team and Trust attended a meeting of Community Board 2’s Parks & Waterfront Committee to provide initial information on the design opportunity and to begin listening to community feedback.
Several weeks later, the Trust hosted a well-attended follow-up design charrette, where Field Operations led community members through interactive exercises focused on ideas for future uses at the Gansevoort Peninsula. In July 2019, the Trust and Community Board 2 hosted a joint meeting at which James Corner Field Operations presented the Concept Design for the Gansevoort Peninsula, followed by comments and Q&A. You can see the presentation here.
The Trust and Field Operations attended the Community Board 2 Parks & Waterfront Committee meeting on September 10, 2019, to discuss the design concept further. Based on feedback received, the design was updated further and presented again to Community Board 2 on January 8, 2020. The revised design was very well-received, allowing the team to move into design development, with the goal of completing the design by the end of 2020. The presentation can be found here.