New York‘s Hudson River Park Trust has begun construction on Gansevoort Peninsula, a riverfront park by landscape architects James Corner Field Operations that will be home to Manhattan‘s first public beach.
The 5.5-acre park, which will also include lawns and sports facilities, is expected to complete by spring 2023.
Located between Gansevoort Street and Little West 12th Street, the park will part of Manhattan’s Hudson River Park.
This four-mile-long park stretches along the Hudson River and features developments such as British designer Thomas Heatherwick’s Little Island, which opened last week.
The Whitney Museum of American Art is currently building a permanent installation by artist David Hammons on the southern end of the Gansevoort Peninsula.
The park is being built over the remnants of a historic landfill site leftover from a land reclamation project to extend Manhattan in the 1830s. The site was previously a depot for the city’s Department of Sanitation.
James Corner Field Operations has designed various attraction, including a beach with a rocky shoreline and kayak access on the peninsula’s south side.
North of the beach there will be a lawn and seating area as well as a large sports field surrounded by clusters of trees and an area that will be turned into a salt marsh habitat.
A dog run and picnic tables and lounge chairs will line the peninsula’s west side.
Hudson River Park Trust has already completed various projects close to Gansevoort Peninsula, including Pier 26 which opened last September.
US studio James Corner Field Operations designed the High Line, an elevated park built on a disused railway, with Diller Scofidio + Renfro. The studio recently built a public park around the former Domino Sugar Factory in Brooklyn.
Renderings are courtesy of Hudson River Park Trust.