Riverside Park South


Architecture Landscape: Riverside Park South. Thomas Balsley Associates led the design for this twenty-three acre park as part of a collaborative effort with Skidmore, Owings and Merrill for a sixty-five acre redevelopment parcel along the Hudson River in Manhattan. The process involved working with local and state government agencies, community groups, stakeholders and the client to create a vibrant new public space that reintroduced the community to the water’s edge and responded to the unique industrial history and riparian ecology of the site.

Riverside Park South features a series of special architectural structures and landscape spaces that vary in scale and highlight the experiential qualities of the park. Terraces, expansive lawns, architectural shade structures, recreation areas, lawn mounds, and intimate tree groves create viewing areas, spaces for play, and draw one down to the water’s edge or along the coastline. A circulation system of esplanades, boardwalks, footpaths, and bike paths tie the individual places together. A new esplanade bridge sweeps out across the water and encircles a reconstructed wetland planted with native grasses. 
Riverside Park South
Riverside Park South
Riverside Park South
Type                 : Public - Park
Location          : Hudson River, 59th Street-72nd Street
                           New York, New York
                           United States
Building status: built
Site type          : urban
Site size          : 93077 m2
A project by     : Thomas Balsley Associates
                           Architecture, Landscape, Masterplan

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