Therapeutic garden designer David Kamp has been asked to transform the private garden behind 1 Sutton Place South into a lively public community park. The former co-op owned land has been sought by the city for public space for a decade, with a compromise finally passed last week to make a small portion a public park. Kamp, of Dirtworks, was chosen for his innovative landscape design. The new park will connect the public parks at 53rd and 57th Streets.
The waterfront property on the East River and 56th Street will convert 10,000 square feet into a new public park, with the remainder of the property staying private for the 1 Sutton Place Co-op. With $1 million from the city, the Sutton Place Co-op Board is also matching that budget, making a total of $2 million to redesign the space.
In regards to their private investment, the Co-op Board wanted influence over the look of the park, therefore choosing David Kamp and Dirtworks. Since the new park is literally the co-op’s backyard, they chose Kamp, as he is known for paying close attention to smell, texture and beauty when designing a park space, creating award winning gardens that delight all of the senses. He has even appeared in two documentaries which equate health and well-being to proximity and access to gardens.
With Kamp’s influence, a new, holistic waterfront park should be ready for the city of New York sometime next year, pending Community Board 6’s final approval.
Via DNA Info
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