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New looks at Pier 26’s eco-friendly makeover, commencing this summer

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The Tribeca pier will be transformed into a multi-purpose educational and play area scheduled to open in the fall of 2020

The boardwalk on the pier will soar to as high as 15 feet in this western section of the park.
Via the Hudson River Park Trust

Later this year, construction will begin on the eco-friendly transformation of Tribeca’s Pier 26, that’s part of the Hudson River Park. Ahead of that launch, the Hudson River Park Trust, the organization in charge of the park, has unveiled a host of new renderings for the multi-purpose pier.

On the western end, the pier will have a tiered, wetland tidal pool area that will be used for educational purposes. Once complete, this area will be open for students to visit (during low tide) and learn about climate change, the habitat, and salinity, among other things.

A large portion of the pier will also have wooden decking—on the western end this deck will rise as high as 15 feet and overlook the wetlands, and offer up lovely NYC views. For the deck, the trust plans to use Kebony wood, a highly sustainable type of wood.

The central portion of the pier will have two junior soccer fields, which Madelyn Wils, the president and CEO of the Hudson River Park Trust, said will cater to the growing need for outdoor playing areas for kids in the neighborhood.

Hudson River Park Trust

On the eastern side of the pier, there are plans for a large lawn, and a forest canopy area that will be filled with indigenous trees. There are also plans for what the Trust called a sturgeon playground—a space that will function both as a traditional playground, and a space to raise awareness about the endangered species.

The overall park is being designed by Olin Studio; Rafael Viñoly Architects are still on to design an education center near the entrance of the pier that will be known as the Estuarium. However this center won’t be built with the rest of the Pier, and the start date on that project is yet to be determined.

The redevelopment of the pier was made possible by $10 million contributions each by the CitiGroup, the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, and New York City. Wils said the trust also relied on some smaller grants to make the pier a reality.

“This is the first pier dedicated to the ecology of the area, and it will also be a place where the community can partake in a variety of activities,” Wils said to Curbed over the phone, adding that she expects Pier 26 to just as popular as the nearby Pier 25. “This would be the first time that this type of ecological area has been built in the city, and it will serve as a great educational tool.”

Construction on the marine portion of the pier is expected to commence this summer, and that will be followed by work on the rest of the pier either this fall or winter. Work on Pier 26 is expected to wrap in the fall of 2020.