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PHOTOS: First Look at New Park on Governors Island

Thursday, November 14, 2013

A 30-acre park on Governors Island designed by a Dutch firm, which will be open to the public in 2014. A 30-acre park on Governors Island designed by a Dutch firm, which will be open to the public in 2014. (Stephen Nessen/WNYC)

The city unveiled a new park on Governors Island on Thursday with curving paths, towering sculptures and dozens of hammocks. Though it won't open to visitors until May 2014, we got a sneak peek.

The 30-acre park, designed by the Dutch firm West 8, will include two natural-turf baseball fields, 50 hammocks and 1,500 trees. Mayor Michael Bloomberg also announced that there will be a campus for international students, an arts center and a spa center

Governors Island also received infrastructure upgrades for flood prevention and communications, developed with $75 million in city capital funds and $260 million by the Bloomberg administration.

The second phase of development includes The Hills, several mounds 25 to 80-feet high with skyline views and made of recycled construction and fill. They are expected to be completed by 2015.

Swing set designed by West 8 on the southern end of the Governors Island. (Stephen Nessen/WNYC)

Hammock Grove, a 10-acre stretch of land with play equipment and lawn chairs. (Stephen Nessen/WNYC)

Phone in a Tree sculpture on Governors Island by Mark Handforth. (Stephen Nessen/WNYC)

Designer Peter Heon, who worked on Governors Island, relaxing in one of 50 hammocks in the new park. (Stephen Nessen/WNYC)

Play equipment designed by the Dutch firm West 8 (Stephen Nessen/WNYC)

New baseball field and trees on Governors Island in front of where The Hills will be built. (Stephen Nessen/WNYC)

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Comments [1]

Jac Radoff

Did Mayor Bloomberg, on Nov.,14, 2013, at a milliontreenyc tree planting event on Governor's Island, say that, 'Only young trees need to be pruned. Older trees do not need to be pruned' because 'nature takes over'?
I heard him say this, perhaps on 'Fresh Air.' Am I correct?

Dec. 06 2013 08:14 PM

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