. . . and it’s this weekend
By Mary Frost
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
What a weekend it’s shaping up to be. Events include not only the Atlantic Antic and the DUMBO Art Festival in Brooklyn, but also an opportunity to preview the new $250 million park construction site at Governors Island.
Visitors will be allowed to walk where they like or take a guided tour to see the transformation of acres of landfill into beautiful parkland. Staff will be on hand to answer visitor questions. While the construction of Phase 1 should be completed this fall, this weekend’s preview is the only one scheduled.
Phase 1 creates 30 new acres of park (and updates 37 existing acres) at the heart of the Island. Eventually the park will encompass 87 acres of parkland and public space.
Phase 1 includes:
- Liggett Terrace: a sunny, six acre plaza that features moveable seating, public art, water features and seasonal plantings
- Hammock Grove: 10 acres with 1,500 new trees and hammocks
- Play Lawn: 14 acres including lawn and two turf ball fields
- Historic District: 34 acres of “respectfully rejuvenated” landscapes with new welcoming gateways, flexible spaces for play and new signage, lighting and amenities.
In July, Mayor Bloomberg broke ground on The Hills, called the crowning feature of the new park. Made of recycled construction and fill materials, The Hills will rise 25 to 80 feet above the Island.
The park construction site will be open from 12 to 6 p.m. both days. Visitors can enter the site at the Liggett Hall Arch. Guided tours will leave from the Arch as well at 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
More information about guided tours can be found at http://govisland.com/html/visit/preview.shtml