This week, the Hudson River Park Trust officially opened Pier 26 in Tribeca, the first new public pier to debut within Hudson River Park this decade. Designed by landscape architect OLIN, the pier will serve multiple uses including public recreation, educational programming, and ecological support for plant species native to the island of Manhattan.
“Seven years in the making, we are proud to open this entirely unique pier at a time when Hudson River Park has taken on new importance for so many in the face of the current health crisis—providing a much-needed oasis in a city with limited green space,” said Madelyn Wils, president and CEO of Hudson River Park Trust. “By designing a pier that brings New Yorkers closer to the city’s natural wildlife and habitat, we hope to offer critical hands-on learning opportunities for students, places to play, and plenty of quiet spots for people to take in the nature around them.”
Located between Hubert and N. Moore Streets, the pier’s principal feature is an engineered representation of a rocky tidal marsh. Known as Tide Deck, the area spans 15,000 square feet and is intended to heighten awareness of the wildlife and habitat originally found within Hudson River Park and the surrounding Estuarine Sanctuary. A cantilevered walkway above this area offers uninterrupted views of the Lower Manhattan skyline and the river.
Other features of the pier include a sunning lawn, a children’s sports court, multiple lounge areas, and a trail surrounded by native plant life.
Total project costs amounted to $37.7 million and were funded in collaboration by Citi, the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, and the City of New York. Funds for Tide Deck were provided by New York State’s Environmental Protection Fund.
“We are excited to celebrate the long-awaited opening of Pier 26, right in our own backyard,” said Michael Corbat, CEO of Citi. “Adjacent to our global headquarters, the redesigned pier brings together education, ecology, and community, and is a much-needed resource where New Yorkers can gather responsibly.”
Previous construction phases at Pier 26 were completed in 2013 and include the City Vineyard restaurant and bar and Downtown Boathouse, which has provided free kayaking lessons to more than 500,000 visitors.