Governor’s Island Becoming Eco-Park

West 8 , a Dutch landscape architecture firm, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, and Roger Marvel Architects are proceeding with plans to turn Governor’s Island in New York City into an “eco-park.” Governor’s Island, which was purchased by New York State and City for $1 in 2003, was previously used by the Coast Guard. The park is expected to open in 2012.

The re-development will include 172 acres of landscape and architecture, including new paths, waterways, restaurants, botanical and aquatic research centers, and free wooden bicycles for use on the island.

Diller Scofidio + Renfro says the park “uses the man made topography of lower Manhattan as a starting point; the southern tip of the island is transformed into an artificial landscape with hills constructed of reclaimed materials from existing Governors Island buildings.” West 8 partner Jerry van Eyck says of the park design: “We wanted to give it the attitude of a national park, one with primal nature, robustness, where you don’t feel the hand of man.” According to INHABITAT, visitors will encounter a “vertical landscape” of man-made mountains that will incorporate recreational, cultural, and educational functions at the southern end of the island.

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