Hunters Point South Waterfront Park opens
by Andrew Pavia
Sep 04, 2013 | 528 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Mayor Michael Bloomberg and local elected officials cut the ribbon on Hunters Point South Waterfront Park.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg and local elected officials cut the ribbon on Hunters Point South Waterfront Park.
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Children playing in the park.
Children playing in the park.
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The city officially opened the 5.5-acre Hunters Point South Waterfront Park in Long Island City last week.

The $66 million park, part of the Hunters Point South development, includes a playground, café and even a beach.

“Opening up more of our city’s waterfront for public enjoyment has been a top priority for this administration,” said Mayor Michael Bloomberg. “This new park is just another one of the great examples of our work reclaiming abandoned or neglected parts of our waterfront and turning them into open spaces.”

The high price tag is in part due to the necessary creation of 3,400 feet of new public roadways, including sewers and traffic signals.

Landscape architecture firm Thomas Balsley Associates helped create bi-filtration swales along the length of the park, using environmentally sustainable wood for the project.

“Great parks make great neighborhood, providing opportunities for recreation and reflection, acting as community gathering places, and improving the environment,” said Parks Commissioner Veronica White. “Hunters Point South Waterfront Park is an example of a space that does all of these things.”

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