A Storm-Resilient Park in Queens

  • 2018-10-29
  • CITYLAB

Once a hodge-podge of industrial sites, the waterfront where Newtown Creek empties into the East River has transformed into an 11-acre greenery replete with native wildlife, marshlands, a ship-like scenic overlook of Manhattan’s skyline, a cafe, playground, dog park, kayak launch pad, outdoor gym, and more.

But most notably, Hunters Point South Park features something New York City sorely wants: storm resilient design. Phase two just opened last June, but the first half of the park has already been tested.

Phase two of the park boasts similar storm resistant design. Instead of concrete walls and buttresses guarding the plot from the river, this park is the river’s friend. Twice a day, as the high tide rolls in, Hunters Point South Park becomes a marsh.