See New York City’s newest public park at the Upper West Side’s Waterline Square

November 12, 2020

All photos courtesy of Elizabeth Felicella

New photos of the public park at the Waterline Square development were released this week, showing off the nearly three acres of green space designed by MNLA. Positioned in the middle of the three glassy Upper West Side towers, Waterline Square Park offers a tucked-away oasis for the community, along with a huge playground and unique water features. When it officially opened this summer, the park hosted a number of socially-distanced events including live music performances and yoga classes.

The new park measures about 2.6 acres at Freedom Place South between West 59th Street and West 61st Street. It features lots of plantings, a fully-equipped playground, water features, and plenty of space to relax. According to MNLA, the firm behind Governors Island and Little Island at Pier 55, the park prioritizes pedestrian mobility and public accessibility.

“A vibrant social hub greets the public at the terminus of West 60th Street, giving way to open areas that serve as the front yard and playspaces for the local residents and surrounding neighborhood,” reads the firm’s project description. “The western end of the park opens up towards the Hudson while sculpting immersive reflective spaces that offer a peaceful respite from the urban bustle.”

Stretching five acres between West 59th and West 61st Streets, the Waterline Square mixed-use development, developed by GID Development Groups, includes three towers designed by well-known architects. Richard Meier designed One Waterline Square, Kohn Pedersen Fox’s Two Waterline Square, and Rafael Viñoly’s Three Waterline Square.

In September, developers revealed The Waterline Club, an indoor amenity space measuring over 100,000 square feet and designed by The Rockwell Group. The impressive list of perks includes an indoor tennis court, half-pipe skate park, full-court basketball court, a soccer field, a 30-foot rock-climbing wall, bowling alley, fitness center, a 25-meter saltwater pool, spa room, art studio, music studio, and much more.


All photos courtesy of Elizabeth Felicella

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