A project bogged down by Sandy, Muscota Marsh finally makes its quiet mid-January debut. The slice of Inwood estuary, created by Columbia University in collaboration with the Parks Department, sits on an acre of land on the Harlem River. The park is situated near the University's new $30 million Campbell Sports Center, which, as part of a deal, was Columbia's impetus to aid in the creation of Muscota Marsh. The park is designed by James Corner Field Operationsthe firm that oversaw the development of the High Lineand it already won an NYC Design Award in 2012.
The park, located at the corner of Indian Road and West 218th Street, features wooden walkways, gravel paths, a wildlife observation deck, and a floating dock that abut the mixed saltwater marsh and freshwater wetland. The New York Times reports the park's name, Muscota, means "place in the reeds" in the language of the Lenape, Manhattan's original Native American inhabitants. With the requisite stillness that accompanies wetlands, Muscota Marsh is bound to be a peaceful getaway for City residents oft more familiar with toxic waterways and concrete.
· Muscota Marsh [Parks Department]
· With University's Help, New Park on Harlem River Is a Marshland Sanctuary [NYT]
· NYC's Newest Park, Muscota Marsh, Debuts In Inwood [Gothamist]
· James Corner Field Operations [Official]
· All Muscota Marsh Coverage [Curbed]