New Section of Hudson River Park Opens
More than a decade after Hudson River Park was officially created, in 1998, the park’s construction is more than halfway complete, with the opening of Pier 64 in Chelsea and a stretch of park between West 24th and 26th Streets.
The design of the pier, by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, includes an elevation at the western end that rises 15 feet above the bulkhead. “This rise, in addition to the pier’s unique location at a bend in the Hudson River, provides spectacular views of New York Harbor and the river to the north and south,” the Hudson River Park Trust, the state-city entity responsible for the design, construction, operation and maintenance of the 5-mile park, said in a statement. “The entirely passive green recreational pier is characterized by sloping lawns and a grove of English Oaks that extends from the bulkhead out to the pierhead line, enticing park-goers to explore the pier’s western end.”
The new pier is one of three that will make up the nine-acre Chelsea section of Hudson River Park. Two other piers, Pier 62 and Pier 63, are to open next year.
The rebuilt Pier 62 will include an animal carousel, with a green roof and a skating park. Pier 63 will feature a waterside esplanade, a “great lawn” bowl, a public garden designed by Lynden Miller, and a sculptural landscape with large boulders set in wildflowers, created by the artist Meg Webster.
By Sewell Chan