An exciting new elevated park called The Hills is coming to Governors Island. Mayor Bloomberg broke ground on the project this morning, and thanked Google Chairman Eric Schmidt and his wife Wendy for their $15 million donation to The Trust for Governors Island that made the kickoff possible. The Hills are part of the Governors Island Park and Public Space Master Plan, and will be made of recycled construction and fill materials that will raise the park 25-80 feet above sea level to give visitors panoramic views of the Statue of Liberty, New York Harbor and the Lower Manhattan skyline.
“Governors Island is at the center of our Administration’s efforts to revitalize our waterfront and create new and innovative green spaces along the water’s edge,” said Mayor Bloomberg. “The construction of these incredible Hills will continue the transformation of Governors Island and will create a landmark in New York Harbor that will be enjoyed for generations to come.”
The Hills were designed by landscape architecture firm West 8 and will be the crowning feature of the City of New York’s $220 million plan to overhaul Governors Island and turn it into a new green oasis. New Yorkers will also be able to look forward to a 14-acre play lawn, a 10-acre Hammock Grove, a redesigned Liggett Terrace, a new Soissons Landing ferry dock, and a revamped 12-acre Parade Ground.
According to the press release, The Hills draw “from the precedent of Frederick Law Olmsted’s creation of manmade topography in Central Park” and “pay homage to the lush, hilly landscapes of pre-colonial Manhattan, and fortify the Island’s resiliency in the face of rising sea levels.” Four hills in all will make up the park: Grassy Hill will provide a 25 foot high gentle slope overlooking the Island’s new and historic landscapes and the Manhattan skyline, Slide Hill (40 feet high) will host 4 slides, the 60 foot high Discovery Hill will showcase site-specific art along its pathways and Outlook Hill, which will rise 80 feet, will provide breathtaking views of the Statue of Liberty and New York Harbor.
The Hills are expected to open in the spring of 2015.
Via NYC City Hall