Client: New York City Economic Development Corporation
Architects: SWA/Balsley, Weiss/Manfredi
Location: 52-10 Center Blvd., Long Island City, New York 11101 (US)
The park lies directly on the East River, with panoramic views of Manhattan. It develops along the riverbank in the form of a diverse landscape that extends to the southern spit known as Hunter’s Point. As its name suggests, the park also provides flood control. A planted wetland and floodplain measuring around 6,000 m² serves to protect the land from erosion, improve water quality and offer a home for wildlife.
Many walking paths crisscross the park, leading through a diverse planted topography. Strategic access points are connected and lie like a dynamic net over the recreation space. While in some places, the path makes a slight zigzag through Hunter’s Point South Waterfront Park, a continuous trail meanders through the grounds on the slight embankment.
Landscaping features such as stairways and terraces are found throughout the park. Seats that invite visitors to linger a while line the paths, as do areas for sports as well as playgrounds. A jutting viewing platform of steel offers the opportunity for park-goers to rest their eyes on the view over Manhattan.