Special Factors & Additional Information:
This $5.8M project converted an abandoned sanitation building and vacant lot into a vibrant community space. The park provides an oasis from the busy street life of Chelsea and fits multiple activities into an 11000 sf footprint. Developed with extensive community input, the design uses a central flexible space to accommodate various user groups as demands on the space ebb and flow daily. A rain garden, structural soil and a subsurface detention tank do ecological work in the background, insuring this urban retreat serves the community and the city on many levels.
Chelsea has a long history as an arts center; in recognition of this past the design incorporates locations for the display of temporary public art. Access and circulation to these areas were thoughtfully planned to satisfy the logistical requirements necessary for large and small scale art installations.
Images by: Michael Moran, NYC Parks