The Gansevoort Peninsula on the Hudson River will soon become Manhattan’s first public beach.
The landscape architecture firm behind projects like Domino Park and the High Line—James Corner Field Operations—has been approved by the Hudson River Park Trust to design a public park with beach access on the Gansevoort Peninsula. The 5.65-acre space is where NYC Sanitation facilities were, but have been relocated for the project to begin. There is no access to the area currently except for the bike path and walkway along the waterfront; but once the park project is completed the area will include “a rocky shoreline beach, a play lawn and recreational boating areas.”
The trust will hold public hearings for the community to give their input before a final proposal of the space is presented. The space will include, however, a public art installation which will be commissioned by the Whitney Museum.
Construction is expected to begin next year and be completed by 2022.
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