Hudson River Park Recreation Pier
- Aug 3, 2012
Hudson River Park is the longest waterfront park in the United States, built along five miles Manhattan's West. These parks attract over 17 million visitors each year, and offer many recreational and educational activities. Over the past decade the park has attracted $3 billion in new construction at 94 new buildings in adjacent neighborhoods. The Trust relies entirely on income generated within the Park for its annual operating budget.
Friends of Hudson River Park is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to the completion, care, and enhancement of the Hudson River Park. Founded in 1999 this group has helped secure over $250 million in public funding to construct Hudson River Park.
In 1999, the Trust began the massive effort to begin repairing and rebuilding the Park in sections. Different architectural teams work on each section to provide design experiences that enhance the unique and vibrant neighborhoods bordering the park – all the while maintaining the feeling of a unified whole.
Weeks Marine has completed construction of seven piers to date. These facilities share design elements such as railing, area lighting, and esplanade treatments common throughout the park. Amenities include seating areas, shade structures, elevated views, and sloping lawns. Boating, fishing, sunbathing, and a playground are some of the recreational activities found on the piers.
The piers are typically constructed of concrete piles up to 135’ in length (with steel stingers), precast concrete pile caps, precast planks, and cast-in-place toppings along with extensive use of epoxy-coated reinforcing steel. Piers with fenders receive a timber system and are outfitted with large concrete floats.