Construction is progressing on Gansevoort Peninsula Park, a new 5.5-acre public recreational space near the West Village on the Hudson River. Designed by James Corner Field Operations, who was commissioned by the Hudson River Park Trust in January 2019, the park is located next to Pier 53 and directly across from the Whitney Museum of American Art, and will most notably contain Manhattan’s first public beach.
Photographs taken from Thomas Heatherwick’s Little Island and from along the Hudson River Park esplanade show construction machinery carefully building up the elevation of Gansevoort Peninsula Park with a substantial amount of dirt and gravel evenly spread across the majority of the site. Once the topography is finished, work will shift to the planting of trees and shrubs, the layout of paths, and the installation of further permanent fixtures. Below are photographs taken throughout this past summer.
Additional renderings below give us aerial and ground-level perspectives. Large rocks surround the park to mitigate storm surges.
Gansevoort Peninsula Park will also feature numerous kayak slips, a green lawn, picnic tables and seating, a soccer field, a salt marsh, a dog run, and walkways around the perimeter of the property. Visitors will get a close view of artist David Hammons’ Day’s End, a skeletal outline of a pier shed built on the former site of Pier 52. Hammons was inspired by artist Gordon Matta-Clarke, who had used the original pier as a medium for his art in the mid-1970s, and has now preserved a part of New York’s waterfront past with this minimalist open-air creation.
Along Hudson River Park are large rocks delivered on crates that will likely be placed along the southern side of the land.
These will likely be used for future seating space and a gradually sloped path that leads into the Hudson River, while being distributed around the southern end of Gansevoort Peninsula and around half the columns of the Day’s End sculpture. This can be seen in the aerial rendering below.
Gansevoort Peninsula Park is anticipated to be finished at the end of 2023.