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WTC's Liberty Plaza Finally Starts to Look Like a Park

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Liberty Park doesn't look like much, and that's because it's not much—at least yet, with its handful of trees. After years of planning, the greenery is finally arriving at a roughly acre-large site bounded by Liberty, West, Cedar, and Greenwich streets, just south of the plaza's reflecting pools, the Times reports. The elevated park will cover the top of a 25-foot-high entrance to the World Trade Center's vehicle security area. With the park will eventually come Calatrava's St. Nicholas National Shrine, which will rise on the site of the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church that was lost on September 11.

[Calatrava's new St. Nicholas will sit in Liberty Park.]

The elevated, linear park will provide a footbridge between Battery Park City and the Financial District, and also have ramps for easy access. When complete, the $50 million green space will have 54 trees and room for people to sit and reflect, according to the chairwoman of Community Board 1's quality-of-life committee. As soon as the park opens around early 2016, work will commence on Calatrava's awaited church.
· Leafy Refuge in Liberty Park for Residents Annoyed by Construction [NYT]
· The Status of the World Trade Center Complex, 13 Years Later [Curbed]

St. Nicholas National Shrine

130 Liberty Street, New York, NY 10006