In the latest slew of city upgrades and park elevation, the city has named Pier 97 as the next NYC park to go through a major up-haul. Pier 97, located off of 12th Avenue and 57th Street in Hell’s Kitchen, and not TOO far from the Upper West Side, will go through a $38 million revamp, completely changing the park’s appearance.
What’s currently a blank slate of concrete is anticipated to transform into vibrant parkland, starting in September of 2020. The remodeled pier is slated to reopen with all of the bells and whistles in the Spring of 2022.
Residents called for an open space, so the design firm’s approach includes walkways with sculptural canopies, a playground with a large jungle gym, and green spaces with river views.
There will also be a a small field for sports, a sun lawn, several seating areas, or picnic tables overlooking the Hudson, perfect for a summer hangout.
While the West Side Highway is directly adjacent to the pier, foliage and rock sculptures will be strategically placed at the entrance to shield visitors from their surroundings, and make them feel as though they’re in a hidden reprieve from the chaos of NYC.
The West side continues to grow and develop with each NYC park improvement.