Get Ready! The Hills are Open­ing on July 19th

Get ready! Today, we announced that the pub­lic open­ing date for the Hills is July 19, 2016. And we will be say­ing good­bye to Leslie Koch, who announced that she will step down fol­low­ing the Hills open­ing, after a decade spear­head­ing the Island’s trans­for­ma­tion. You can read more about it in The New York Times.

The Hills are the cul­mi­na­tion of the award-win­ning Gov­er­nors Island Park and Pub­lic Space Mas­ter Plan, designed by acclaimed land­scape archi­tects West 8. Ris­ing 25 to 70 feet above the Har­bor, the Hills will offer lush rolling land­scapes, grassy over­looks, exhil­a­rat­ing slides, unfor­get­table views, and a per­ma­nent instal­la­tion by British artist Rachel Whiteread. The tallest Hill, Out­look Hill, pro­vides vis­i­tors an extra­or­di­nary 360-degree panoram­ic expe­ri­ence of the Har­bor. The open­ing of the Hills marks a major mile­stone in the trans­for­ma­tion of Gov­er­nors Island from an aban­doned mil­i­tary base into an essen­tial des­ti­na­tion for New York­ers and vis­i­tors.

Stay tuned for infor­ma­tion about pub­lic hard-hat pre­view tours when the the Island’s pub­lic sea­son starts on May 28th

Pho­tos: Max Touhey for Curbed