CHELSEA COVE
New York, NY (2001–2010)
Chelsea Cove unites the space created by three adjacent Hudson River piers to create 8.5 acres of riverfront park, giving an increasingly dense Manhattan neighborhood an generous space to play and relax. Located at the geographic center of Hudson River Park, a 5-mile long riverfront esplanade, bikeway and park, Chelsea Cove, is a peaceful interlude along New York City’s recreational waterfront.

Piers 62 and 64 frame Chelsea Cove, extending perpendicular to the bulkhead, while Pier 63 (which runs parallel to the bulkhead) provides a generous center. Protected from the West Side Highway by a sloped berm and loose ring of evergreen and deciduous trees, the Pier 63 lawn bowl offers a sweeping open green space. The site of pick-up football games, picnics, sledding, and yoga classes, it is a spot to enjoy a sense of boundlessness while enjoying a park-framed view out across the Hudson. The bold central lawn is complemented by the spatial complexity of adjacent landscapes, including an entrance garden designed in collaboration with Lynden B. Miller, a stone sculpture installation by artist Meg Webster, an open-air carousel, and a world-class skatepark. The piers that define the edges of the cove each provide different types of multi-use civic spaces for hanging out and enjoying views across the cove, as well as back to the city and up and down the river. The park design offers a new standard for durable and sustainable waterfront park design in the face of rising sea levels and extreme weather events. At the peak of Hurricane Sandy in October 2012, 60 percent of the park was inundated with as much as five feet of salt water. Aside from minor damage to some vegetation, the park’s careful design and durable construction allowed it to survive the storm virtually unscathed.

Chelsea Cove won a 2014 ASLA Design Honor Award.

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Hudson River Park
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