Financing secured for the second phase of Hudson Yards park

August 9, 2018

Phase 1 of Hudson Park & Boulevard via Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates

Financing has been secured for the extension of Hudson Park and Boulevard at Hudson Yards, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Wednesday. The first phase of the park developed with the extension of the 7 subway line to 34th Street and opened in 2015. The extension, which is part of a $500 million investment, includes a three-acre park that will run over an Amtrak rail cut from West 36th Street to West 39th Street, between 10 and 11th Avenues. This addition expands the parkland at Hudson Yards by 75 percent.

“Completing this park has been a goal of the West Side community for years,” City Council Speaker Corey Johnson said. “Securing this financing is an important step in ensuring that this neighborhood has essential public green space as Hudson Yards grows. All New Yorkers and people from around the world will one day enjoy this remarkable public park in what is currently a rail-cut.”

Led by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates (MVVA) and Tishman Speyer, the park will provide much-needed green space to this developing new neighborhood of sky-high commercial and residential buildings.

According to the Hudson Yards Development Corporation (HYDC), the park will feature entrances at new east to west side streets. “When complete, Hudson Park will become an instant favorite, joining this city’s other great urban public spaces like Bryant Park, Union Square Park and Hudson River Park,” HYDC wrote.

There will be paved areas for public events and lots of grassy areas for picnics and recreational activities. The park will feature walking paths shaded by trees and shrubs, as well as seating found in quiet areas.

HYDC will oversee the design and construction process, with the land being transferred to NYC Parks and the Department of Transportation when it’s completed. Daily management of the park will be provided by the city and the Hudson Yard’s-Hell’s Kitchen Business Improvement District. The New York Times reported that groundbreaking will start in late 2020, with the park scheduled to open in the winter of 2023.


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