The Grass Is Always Greener In Greenwich
- Aug 24, 2015
By Adelina Osan, Associate Editor
The Village welcomes a new triangle-shaped park that offers green space and play area to the local community. The 16,000 square-foot park is situated between Seventh Avenue, Greenwich Avenue, and West 12th Street, and was designed in close collaboration and with input from locals.
The New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, Rudin Development and Eyal Ofer’s Global Holdings announced that the park’s centerpiece is a 2,300-square-foot lawn, surrounded by almost 150 feet of granite amphitheater steps and 275 feet of custom wood benches, providing ample seating to visitors. Rick Parisi of M. Paul Friedberg and Partners was the park’s designer.
“Our goal was to provide a serene green space for the entire community,” mentioned Eric Rudin and William Rudin, managing partners of Rudin Development. “The park offers an opportunity to experience an inviting and interactive natural environment in the tradition of so many other parks. Having worked with all of the stakeholders including the community, NYC Parks, City Planning Commission and the Landmarks Preservation Commission, we believe all the families and visitors in the neighborhood will enjoy this park and we are especially delighted to be opening it in the summer when the children can enjoy the interactive fountain.”
The new park in Greenwich Village offers an array of all-season vegetation, ever-changing colorful display of magnolias, rhododendrons, hydrangeas, junipers, and other flowers, and an interactive fountain comprised of 45 water jets embedded in the stone pavers.
A 1,600-square-foot area featuring a painted steel canopy sculpture, central granite water feature and benches serves as the New York City AIDS Memorial and will be designed by Brooklyn-based Studio a+i. The memorial’s granite paving will feature an engraved installation designed by artist Jenny Holzer with portions of Walt Whitman’s “Song of Myself”.
Rendering courtesy of Studio a+i