The latest stage of the Governors Island Park project, “The Hills,” is set to officially open to the public today, July 19th – nearly a year ahead of schedule. Designed by internationally acclaimed urban design and landscape firm West 8, the park will feature ten acres of sloping landscapes that will provide residents and visitors with slides, art and unparalleled views of the New York Harbor.
The project consists of 4 themed hills, rising as high as 70 feet above the island to offer a unique 360-degree panoramic experience of the harbor:
- Grassy Hill, the smallest hill, rises 26 feet via a gentle, grassy slope perfect for naps and relaxation and overlooks the Island’s new and historic landscapes and the Manhattan skyline.
- Slide Hill, at 36 feet high, encourages play and activity with four slides that have been carved into the landscape, including the longest slide in New York City.
- Discovery Hill, 39 feet high, is the hill dedicated to contemplation, and is home to Cabin, a site-specific sculpture by internationally recognized British artist Rachel Whiteread
- Outlook Hill is the park’s tallest hill at 70 feet, and offers accessible pathways to the most dramatic lookout point on the island. More adventurous parkgoers can ascend Scramble, a pathway constructed out of reclaimed granite seawall blocks, to reach the Outlook.
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