New renderings unveiled for Tribeca’s educational, eco-focused park at Pier 26
Rendering via OLIN
The Hudson River Park Trust and landscape architects OLIN have released a fresh set of renderings of the Pier 26 transformation, a project aimed at turning the Tribeca pier into an ecological park. As Curbed NY learned, a portion of the pier will have a wooden deck, with the western end rising up to 15 feet high in order to look at the wetlands. The pier’s eastern side will include a large lawn and an indigenous tree-filled forest. The revamp of Pier 26, projected to cost over $30 million, is scheduled to wrap up in the fall of 2020.
The center part of the pier will feature two junior soccer fields. Continuing the eco-education theme, there will also be a sturgeon playground, offering up a traditional play area as well as a space to preserve endangered species.
The idea for the pier’s renovation came in 2009 after it had undergone a structural overhaul. The 2.5-acre Pier 26 will provide a “physical and virtual space that brings to life the invisible dynamics of the Hudson River Estuary, reflecting the current technologies and scientific understanding regarding its health, ecological successes, and challenges,” OLIN writes on its website.
“This is the first pier dedicated to the ecology of the area, and it will also be a place where the community can partake in a variety of activities,” Madelyn Wils, president of the Trust, told Curbed. “This would be the first time that this type of ecological area has been built in the city, and it will serve as a great educational tool.”
[Via Curbed NY]
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All renderings via OLIN