Hudson River Park Trust
CHELSEA WATERSIDE PARK, PHASE 2
ABB’s transformative design for Chelsea Waterside reimagines the park while recognizing its importance as a strong local destination. The design offers new and enhanced programming including a new comfort station, picnic area, and open lawn, expanded dog runs, reconstructed synthetic turf athletic field, and enhanced entries and green spaces. The redesign deemphasizes the former dominant and oversized pedestrian thoroughfare that previously bisected the park yet still provides a strong connection to Hudson River Park’s waterfront.
ABB’s design proposal was built on three key tenets: 1) re-focus the park inward, 2) salvage and re-use materials, and 3) re-image the park’s character and identity. These principles are manifested through the multi-layered organic design which incorporates the thoughtful re-purposing of materials. Existing granite, bluestone, stainless steel mesh fence panels and wood bench slats from throughout the site will be salvaged and repurposed in both the landscape and comfort station building. The design preserves healthy, mature existing trees and retains the recently reconstructed playground and basketball courts within the park.
CDR Studio Architects, PC designed the new comfort station and collaborated with ABB to site and successfully integrate it into the overall park design.