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The Lower Manhattan Development Corporation and Hudson River Park Trust announce the opening of Pier 25 - the newest section of Hudson River Park. The LMDC has allocated $70 million for the Tribeca section of Hudson River Park, through a Community Development Block Grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
"Hudson River Park is more evidence of the innovative ways New York is meeting the public’s demand for parks and outdoor recreation spaces,” said Governor David A. Paterson. “The transformation of Pier 25 into an urban park unlike any other will enhance the experiences of city dwellers and countless tourists visiting New York’s waterfront. It is a wonderful example of the city, state and federal government working in partnership to revitalize Lower Manhattan."
“New York City’s more than 500 miles of waterfront are an invaluable asset, and we’re continuing to create new open space and revitalize underutilized sites on the waterfront in all five boroughs through our Waterfront Vision and Enhancement Strategy,” said Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. “Hudson River Park has become one of the City’s most valued and visited recreational spaces, and now Pier 25 and its upland areas will make it an even greater place for New Yorkers to enjoy.”
Pier 25 and the adjacent upland area join the rest of the Tribeca section of Hudson River Park that was opened in 2008. The new pier includes an 18-hole miniature golf course and snack bar, beach volleyball courts, children's playground, town dock and small boat moorings, berthing areas for historic ships, a flexible artificial turf lawn for junior level sports and lounge-chair seating on the far western end of the pier with stunning views of New York Harbor and the Statue of Liberty. The adjoining upland section includes a basketball court, a street-course style skate park, lawns, tree bosques seating areas and public restrooms.
“Today marks an important milestone in LMDC’s goal of re-opening the New York City waterfront to residents, workers and visitors of Lower Manhattan”, said LMDC Chairman Avi Schick. “LMDC and our partner, the United State Department of Housing and Urban Development, are proud to have supported the Hudson River Park Trust in the reconstruction of Pier 25 and the creation of exciting new recreational opportunities, as well as the completion of a seamless pedestrian path along the west side of Manhattan. The Tribeca segment is not only an exciting addition to Hudson River Park, but it is one more piece of the renewed and rebuilt Lower Manhattan.”
“HUD is proud to be an investor and partner in the transformation of Lower Manhattan into a 24/7 community that will offer all New Yorkers and visitors world class attractions, plus a dynamic art and cultural community,” said Regional Administrator Adolfo Carrión. “The restoration of Pier 25 provides local residents and visitors exciting recreational and cultural activities. Hats-off! To Governor Paterson, Mayor Bloomberg, Avi Schick, the Hudson River Park Trust, and all the local partners…you’ve created a wonderful place that strengthens and beautifies the neighborhood, but also creates sorely needed jobs.”
“I am thrilled to join LMDC and the Lower Manhattan community to announce the opening of the newest section of Hudson River Park,” said Congressmen Jerrold Nadler. “This new segment of the park will enrich the lives of children, locals and visitors alike and add greatly to TriBeCa’s streetscape. I am proud that I was able to secure nearly $5 million to help realize this wonderful civic resource.”
“It’s so exciting to be opening another section of Hudson River Park. No other project has done so much to revitalize the west side and bring fun and imaginative community amenities to Tribeca and Lower Manhattan. We deeply appreciate the LMDC’s and U.S. Housing and Urban Development Department’s generosity and commitment to Hudson River Park and the people of New York City,” said Diana Taylor, Chair of the Hudson River Park Trust Board of Directors.”LMDC has funded the creation and revitalization of over 140 acres of parks and open spaces in Lower Manhattan. The Hudson River Park will offer further recreational and educational resources that will both embrace and reconnect New Yorkers to the scenic waterfront space. The entire Hudson River Park is being built by the Hudson River Park Trust, the state-city entity responsible for the design, construction, operation and maintenance of the waterfront park that is revitalizing the west side of Manhattan.