A decade-old plan to redesign the wedge of land known as Peck Slip Park is now scheduled for review by the city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission. Located between South Street and Water Street in Manhattan’s Financial District, Peck Slip Park measures about .65 acres and is surrounded by a school, a hotel, a parking lot, and a Con Edison electrical facility.
For years, efforts to move the project forward were challenged by the local community board who did not see eye to eye with city officials and outright rejected previous proposals. Now, Park Department officials and urban designers have revealed detailed renderings of what the former parking lot could become if approved by the LPC.
The city’s urban designers were inspired by the existing cobblestone work in the surrounding area, and have proposed pavement that is contextual in both palette and size. Proposals also illustrate linear granite bands that span the the width of the park on the east and west boundaries.
Planters at the east and west edged of the park will include a variety of perennials including birch, elm, and honeylocust trees, ornamental grasses, and Blue Amsonia. Stone and wooden benches will be installed at the edge of the planters.
Construction is expected to begin in the third or fourth quarter of 2019 and wrap up in about one year.