New York's playground in the harbor will officially welcome visitors to 30 acres of new parkland next spring, but this weekend, Governors Island will open the construction site for a two-day preview. Visitors will see the newly planted hedge maze at Liggett Terrace, new walkways and curb seating, and some 60 species of new trees. Hammock Grove has been planted, but the trees are still too young to hold the 50 red hammocks?the Times reports it will take 15 years for them to fill out?so they have been installed on wooden posts throughout the grove. Park goers can climb to the grove's highest point for views of the harbor and Statue of Liberty, plus the continuing construction of the 10-acre Hills, one of which will rise 80 feet high. The site will be open from noon to 6 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday, with two guided tours each day.
· Preview the New Governors Island Park! [Governors Island Blog]
· On Governors Island, 30 Acres of Open Space Are Becoming a True Park [NYT]
· Governors Island coverage [Curbed]