WEISS/MANFREDI, NA Celebrates Completion of Hunter's Point South Waterfront Park

 Photo: Albert Vecerka/Esto

Photo: Albert Vecerka/Esto

Today a ribbon-cutting ceremony marked the formal opening of Phase II of Hunter's Point South Waterfront Park. A place of discovery, resilience, and extraordinary drama with its Manhattan skyline backdrop, Hunter's Point presents a new model for waterfront parks. Phase II completes the vision established in the first phase of the park, which opened in 2013. The park's extension introduces an acre of wetlands that recall the site’s pre-industrial history, and features meandering pedestrian pathways that bring the community to the waterfront. The walkways unfurl into a promenade leading to a 30-foot-high cantilevered Overlook, which offers unrivaled views of the East River and shelters the paths and wetland waterfront below.
 
The park incorporates spaces for active and passive recreation, leveraging the site’s industrial heritage to create a new resilient waterfront destination. A new island, kayak launch, promontory green, exercise terraces, and shoreline walkways extend the community’s  experience of the East River. New shoreline plantings and wetlands enhance water quality and promote wildlife and fish habitation, while protecting the community from shoreline bank erosion and rising sea levels.
 
The design of the park and open space is a collaboration between SWA/Balsley and WEISS/MANFREDI, with Arup as the prime consultant and infrastructure designer. The project was recently featured in The New York Times. For more information, visit WEISS/MANFREDI's website.