Staten Island’s beautiful Heritage Park is now officially open for fall frolicking, but the lush green space wasn’t always so verdant. Set on the waterfront near Richmond Terrace, the park was reborn out of a former brownfield, creating a new destination for locals to enjoy. Aside from its 9.7 acres of park land, the outdoor oasis will also act as a storm surge buffer, helping to protect Staten Island from future hurricanes.

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Although it was opened to the public in spring, the Parks Department cut the ribbon on the waterfront park last week. In the works for ten years, Heritage Park was formerly known as Blissenbach Marina, a desolate boat yard and brownfield that was completely unusable by the public. The land was purchased ten years ago by the Trust for Public Land, and later donated to the Parks Department to turn it into a park.

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The park’s design was inspired by the events of 2011 directly after Hurricane Sandy. Construction began in 2012, with a park-long dune buffer that should help block overflowing water from entering Staten Island‘s coastal land. Along with other strengthening features that will help cleanse waters around the borough, the park also has user-friendly amenities like winding walking paths, benches, an ample parking lot and of course killer views of the waterfront and the Bayonne Bridge.

Via NY Curbed

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