Hudson River Park Trust
CHELSEA WATERSIDE PARK, PHASE 2
This transformative design for Chelsea Waterside Park reimagines the existing thoroughfare to the Hudson River Park waterfront by deemphasizing the existing pedestrian pathway and creating an organic, multi-layered design – elevating this park into a neighborhood destination. As prime consultant for the Phase II project, ABB reprogrammed and revitalized the park for the growing neighborhood with three overarching goals: to re-center the park inward, re-use materials, and re-image the park’s character and identity. By using these guiding principles, the design minimizes and redistributes the massive hardscaped area into narrow pathways, cultivating a botanical experience with new and enhanced programming.
The curvilinear pathway system includes a centralized green space and picnic area, wrapped by two curved pathways. Situated at the edge of the reconstructed athletic field, the sustainably-designed comfort station serves as a transition from the gardenesque center to the action-packed synthetic turf field. The southern tip of the park expands the well-loved dog run into two vibrant dog run areas with colorful pavements, concrete mounds, water play, and tiered seating.