Downtown New Yorkers should be happy to see that work on the much-anticipated East River Waterfront & EcoPark at Pier 35 is moving forward slowly but surely. When complete, the new landscaped esplanade will culminate in a lush EcoPark and green habitat that looks right out over the river. The East River Waterfront Esplanade was designed by SHoP Architects, and is part of a larger project to revitalize the East River and Lower Manhattan. Planning began back in 2009 and the first phase was completed in 2011, but we'll still have to wait until 2014 for the whole vision to come to fruition.
Mayor Bloomberg’s plan for the East River Waterfront revitalization takes advantage of a neglected, inaccessible stretch of land to create 2 miles of recreational opportunities. SHoP Architects undertook the job of designing the new park along with the renovation of Pier 15 and 35. Many of the fun activities available will be located underneath FDR Drive, including pedestrian trails, bocce ball, petanque, basketball, exercise areas and even a dog park. Native trees and plants will be used for landscaping to create a rich, green space and a pleasant environment.
According to The Lo Down, the plan for the EcoPark is to rebuild the pier as a recreational space stretching for one-thousand feet into the water. Funded by a grant from the New York State Department of State Division of Coastal Resources, Pier 35 will become an innovative habitat restoration park. But all this takes time, so don’t get too excited yet about lounging near the water on Pier 35 – it won’t be done until 2014.
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