Things are sliding (literally) into place at the new Governors Island Park. Construction workers are working on erecting a 38-foot-tall hill that will eventually be covered with slides. Called Slide Hill, the play area will be just one of four themed waterfront zones planned for the island.
When completed, Slide Hill will feature four slides of various heights, making it a center for activity and play. The longest slide, for those seeking a thrill, will be 48-feet-long. There are also plans to build wider and shorter slides for families and young children.
Along with Slide Hill, workers are also constructing the adjacent Grassy Hill and Discovery Hill. The highest summit, standing in at 80 feet above the island, will provide visitors with a 360-degree panorama of the Statue of Liberty, New York Harbor and the Lower Manhattan skyline.
The hills are just one part of a larger project under construction at the island. Other features on the island include a six-acre plaza filled with seasonal plantings called Liggett Terrace, a Hammock Grove and a 14-acre-wide Play Lawn. The 30-acre green space is due to open in May 2014.