Tree planting has begun as landscaping work progresses on Gansevoort Peninsula Park, a 5.5-acre public recreational space along the Hudson River waterfront off the West Village. Designed by James Corner Field Operations and commissioned by the Hudson River Park Trust, the park will feature a soccer field surrounded by numerous pathways, stepped seating, a children’s playground, kayak slips, a salt marsh, a dog run, viewing platforms, and Manhattan’s first public sandy beach.
Silman is the structural engineer, Plus Group is the MEP Engineer, HLB is the lighting consultant, Front is the façade consultant, Philip Habb & Associates is the civil and traffic engineer, Altieri is the site MEP engineer, Langan is the marine and geotechnical engineer, Craul Land Scientists is the soils consultant, Northern Design is in charge of irrigation, and eDesign Dynamic is overseeing the natural resources for the park, which is being built next to Pier 53, directly across from the Whitney Museum of American Art.
There has been significant progress on the park since our last update in April. In addition to the arrival of the trees on the western end, work has also moved along on the concrete surface at the end of the pier.
Other tree species are scattered around the eastern half near the metal fences and pedestrian and bicycle lanes running down West Street, while tall mounds of dirt are steadily being laid down on the garden beds.
The soccer field will occupy the center of Gansevoort Peninsula Park, which is now being used as a delivery and staging area, with rows of delivered stone slabs and crushed concrete rubble waiting to be carried away.
Flat wooden seating platforms of varying lengths are being placed in between some of the trees. These will be surrounded by even more greenery in the coming months.
Brushing up against the waves on the southern side are several long stone blocks that have begun to form part of a stepped elevation. This is located right against some of the footings for David Hammons’ Day’s End sculpture, a skeletal outline of a pier like those that once lined most of the Hudson River waterfront. A gradually sloped diagonal path will cut through the stone steps and lead to the public beachfront.
Below is a closer look at the texture and color of some of the stone blocks.
Excavators and other construction machinery are constantly moving back and forth across the site.
Another piece of construction is a low-rise pavilion, addressed as 427 Gansevoort Street, designed by nARCHITECTS with Padilla Construction Services as the general contractor. This structure has a projected completion date of May 30, 2023. A rendering is posted on the outside border.
Previously seen renderings also show this structure.
Gansevoort Peninsula Park as a whole should be completed at the end of 2023.