The New York Restoration Project (NYRP) recently launched their EDGE/ucation Pavilion Design Competition to source ideas to protect Sherman Creek Park in Washington Heights against future storms and flooding. Eight young architecture firms have been selected to develop a state-of-the-art, flood-resistant recreation learning center and outdoor classroom for the park, which was hit hard by Hurricane Sandy last year. With a new plan in place, educators will have the ability to expand programming, develop wetland exploration and oyster gardening activities and promote waterfront stewardship along the Harlem River.
“NYRP has transformed Sherman Creek Park from a wasteland into a beautiful, waterfront park,” said NYRP Founder Bette Midler in a press release. “The addition of this new Education Pavilion will provide future generations of New Yorkers with unique opportunities to learn about their natural environment and explore the Harlem River.”
Designs will be evaluated for their durability and accessibility as well as their flood resistance and sustainability. The winning design will be selected by a jury of who’s whos in the world of architecture, sustainability, and civic decision-making. The short list of judges includes notables like Todd DeGarmo, CEO and Principal, Studios Architecture; Amy Freitag, Executive Director, NYRP; Ed Hollander, President, Edmund Hollander Landscape Architects; and Jennifer Hoppa, Northern Manhattan Parks Administrator, NYC Department of Parks & Recreation.
We’ll have to sit tight until November when the winning design is announced. In the meantime we can still skip on uptown to enjoy Sherman Creek Park’s scenic bike path, array of cherry trees and freshwater pond.