Construction and Design Status
The Chelsea section of Hudson River Park runs from West 17th street at Chelsea Piers Sports and Entertainment Complex – another popular indoor recreation facility and important commercial tenant generating operating revenue for the Park. – to 29th Street.
Piers 62-64, from 22nd to 24th Streets, encompass passive and active recreation with a magnificent Chelsea Cove designed by Michael Van Valkenburgh. This is the largest contiguous open space within Hudson River Park. “Chelsea Cove”, features the Chelsea lawn bowl, which, in the design team's words, "reconnects the vertical city with the drama of the horizon." The cove includes a skate park, a carousel featuring animals found historically in and along the Hudson River within a lauded “shed” by architect CR Studio, and an entry garden designed in collaboration with Lynden B. Miller. It also includes a landscape installation by environmental artist Meg Webster. Pier 64, which forms the north side of the cove, rises gently to the west, providing breathtaking views up and down river, as well as back toward the city.
On the east side of Route 9A is Hudson River Park’s Chelsea Waterside. Located between 22nd and 24th Streets from the West Side Highway to 11th Avenue, this 2.5-acre oasis has both active and passive recreation, including basketball, ballfield and dog run.
In summer 2018, we opened a new and enlarged playground designed by Michael Van Valkenburgh. This new Hudson River themed play area has a pipefish centrepiece equipped with a slide and play features. Two new water play areas, tot lot and sand play are also be included. Historic cartouches from the old Miller Highway and carved animal heads rescued from a former Hell’s Kitchen that has since been demolished were incorporated into this scheme. Plans for expanding the dog run and picnic area are currently in the works. Please check back for more information at a later date.
North of Chelsea Cove is the historic Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Float Transfer Bridget (Pier 66a), restored by the Trust and NYS Department of Transportation through a federal grant. Pier 66a currently functions as the home to the Frying Pan, a historic lightship converted into a popular local watering hole and event space.
Immediately north is Pier 66, home to another non-motorized boathouse and slips for small sailboats. At the pier’s western end is a specially commissioned “Long Time”, a water wheel sculpture by artist Paul Ramirez-Jonas. And alongside these two piers is the park’s Habitat Garden, where plants that support beneficial insects and birds are given priority over people for a length of three blocks – gardeners, volunteers and organized educational trips only may enter this area. Pier 66 and the surrounding landscape were designed by Miceli Kulik Williams and Richard Dattner, and Pier 66 was the Honor Award winner of the American Society of Landscape Architects – New Jersey Chapter – in 2007.
HUDSON YARDS CONNECTOR
The area from 29th to 34th Streets is still in flux pending availability of funding and ongoing planning related to the 30th Street Heliport and Gateway Tunnel project