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New Park and Public Spaces

The Trust for Governors Island has completed construction on the first 30 acres of new park and public spaces and they opened to the public for the first time in 2014.

Construction is currently underway on the next phase of the Governors Island Park and Public Space Master Plan: The Hills. This culminating feature of the new Governors Island Park is comprised of four man-made hills promising dramatic new experiences and views of the Harbor. Made of recycled construction and fill material, The Hills will rise 25 to 80 feet above the Island, and the summit of the tallest Hill will provide visitors with a 360-degree panorama of the Statue of Liberty, New York Harbor and the Lower Manhattan skyline. The Hills are scheduled for completion in 2016.

The first 30 acres of new park and public spaces opened to the public in 2014.The new 30 acres of park include Liggett Terrace, a sunny, six-acre plaza with seasonal plantings, seating, water features and public art; Hammock Grove, a sunny ten-acre space that is home to 1,500 new trees, play areas and 50 hammocks; and the Play Lawn, 14 acres for play and relaxation that includes two natural turf ball fields sized for adult softball and Little League baseball. In addition, new welcome areas have been added at the Island's ferry landings, as have key visitor amenities, including lighting, seating and signage throughout the Historic District.

See the pictures of the new park!



As the West 8 team developed the plan, the public provided more than 10,000 comments about what they would like to see in the new park. Beginning in 2010 when the Park and Public Space Master Plan was first released to the public, visitors and other New Yorkers gave The Trust their feedback on the design and ideas they had about what the new park and public spaces should include. Ideas included hammocks, free bikes, ice cream and food.

For the past four years, visitors of all ages have left their comments in an interactive exhibition in Building 110. Using markers, stamps and Post-It™ notes, they provided thousands of comments. The entire Park and Public Space Plan was available online at, and hundreds left ideas and comments there as well, in addition to The Trust’s blog and social media. These comments were then given to the design team who incorporated many of them into the new park.

Let The Trust know what you think! Join The Trust on Facebook or leave a comment on the blog.

Thousands of comments like these were given to the design team.