Written by Bianca Bahamondes and Claire Leaden
In early 2019, it was announced that the Gansevoort Peninsula on the Hudson River would become home to a new Manhattan beach by 2022. Though that date has now been moved to late 2023 due to COVID-19, the project is still moving forward.
The landscape architecture firm behind Domino Park and the High Line—James Corner Field Operations—had already been approved by the Hudson River Park Trust to design a public park with beach access on the Gansevoort Peninsula, and now next steps are finally taking place.
If you passed by the West Village waterfront recently, you can see that construction is well underway (hint: there’s a perfect view of it from Little Island).
New York Yimby reports that the topography is being completed, with massive amounts of dirt and gravel continuing to be unloaded and spread across the land mass (which is solid ground, as opposed to a pier). After will come the planting of trees and shrubs, constructing pathways, and installing other permanent fixtures.
Metal poles have now been installed for the initial construction of the soccer field, while a concrete retaining wall is in place that will likely have rocks behind it that travel down to the water’s edge (as depicted in renderings). You can also see signs of the walkway construction starting to take place from shaped rebar.
And, the FDNY Marine Company 1 building is built at the end of the park.
The 5.65-acre space that was previously NYC Sanitation facilities will feature plenty of greenery and a “soft edged beach” for New Yorkers to enjoy. It will cost $70 million and is being partly funded by the city, according to Real Estate Weekly.
According to the Hudson River Park Trust, the plot of land will not only have a beach on the southern edge but will also include a concession area, river gym, a salt marsh, 13th Ave Promenade, kayak access, beach walk, dog run, a picnic area, and 3.5 acres of open ball field space.
The structure you can see above the beach is actually a public art project by artist David Hammons, currently on permanent view by the Whitney Museum.
Here’s a look at what to expect for the future:
Under Day’s End (kayaking):
13th Ave Promenade:
This is only one of many ambitious projects to revitalize the piers on the West Side of Manhattan. NYC’s first-ever floating park was finally unveiled last year, and just recently the new rooftop park on Pier 57 opened to the public.
Also published on Medium.