Manhattan’s first public beach to begin construction later this year

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The Hudson River Park Trust has announced that they expect construction for Manhattan’s first public beach to begin on Gansevoort Peninsula Park in the spring of 2021. The public beach will be located on the Hudson River waterfront near Pier 53 at Little West 12th Street, the 5.5-acre project is expected to be completed by the end of 2023. In addition to the public beach, the peninsula will also include multiple kayak slips, a large lawn with ample seating, a large sports field, a salt marsh with habitat enhancements on the north side, a dog run, and on its western side, picnic tables and a large permanent installation, named the “Day’s End” which will take the shape of a warehouse formerly located on Pier 52, coordinated by The Whitney Museum of American Art.

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Madelyn Wils, president, and CEO of the Hudson River Park Trust stated that ” Gansevoort Peninsula will be a spectacular public space for all New Yorkers, whether they’re enjoying Manhattan’s first public beach, playing on the ball fields, or looking out in the salt marsh. As Hudson River Park moves closer to completion, we are excited to be in a position to start construction on one of our signature projects this coming spring. Thank you to our funding partner, the City of New York, for its support of what will be the largest single green space in Hudson River Park.”

Gansevoort Peninsula is just one of several ongoing projects underway at Hudson River Park. Construction costs for the new public areas draw financing from more than US$1 billion of funds collectively provided by the City of New York, private partnerships, and donations. Deputy mayor of New York, Vicki Been stated “We are thrilled that the trust is continuing to build on the success of the recently opened and very popular Pier 26 with the redevelopment of Gansevoort Peninsula.”