New Yorkers – why head to the Rockaways or Coney Island for a beach trip when you can zip over to Manhattan’s West Side?
Following the January reveal that James Corner Field Operations, the firm that designed the popular High Line and Williamsburg’s Domino Park, would plan out Manhattan’s first public beach in the Meatpacking District — this week saw the release of the site’s preliminary renderings, 6sqft reports.
The images show stretches of sand under flowering trees, with room for kayaks, lounging and children to play. Elsewhere, there will be a sports field and a salt marsh.
Swimming? Don’t count on it. As The Post reported in January, the Citizens Water Quality Testing Program routinely finds “unacceptable” levels of fecal bacteria in the water off the West Side.
The roughly 5.5-acre site is known as the Gansevoort Peninsula and is located on the far western end of Little West 12th Street in the Meatpacking District. It was previously home to a parking lot for the city’s Department of Sanitation.
This new area’s planned size would make it the largest green space located within the 4-mile-long Hudson River Park, overseen by the Hudson River Park Trust.
The Trust anticipates construction will take 18 months, starting in late 2020 and with completion slated for around 2022.