Troy, Troy Again! Architects Revamping an Aging Waterfront

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Troy Riverside Park set to open this summer (image courtesy of W-Architecture).

Troy Riverside Park set to open this summer (image courtesy of W-Architecture).

The design minds behind the waterfront destinations of West Harlem Piers on the Hudson River, the India Street Park in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, and the Edge Park in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, have been chosen for yet another waterfront revamp. W-Architecture, a New York City-based architecture and landscape architecture firm, was selected to design and renovate the Troy Riverfront Park in Troy, New York, a $1.95 million project that’s part of the city’s plan to redevelop its Hudson River waterfront. Currently under construction, diseased trees are currently being cleared to open up views to the river and create a more sustainable and seamless connection to the city’s downtown.

Troy Riverside Park set to open this summer (image courtesy of W-Architecture).

Troy Riverside Park set to open this summer (image courtesy of W-Architecture).

Troy, like many cities on the Hudson River, has a rather neglected waterfront. Barbara Wilks, principal of W-Architecture, is known for reusing existing site materials in her park designs, but she said, “There was nothing left—it had been made into a park in the 1970’s. We did incorporate the existing Vietnam memorial that had been located there later as well as the statue of Uncle Sam, who was from Troy.”

Accessibility and views were also an issue taken under consideration by the design team. “The most inviting aspect is the orientation to the river. From the existing park, the river was hardly visible. Now all the topography is being regraded to focus on the views up and down river.”

The park is concurrently being developed with the former city hall site to the west and aims to reopen towards the end of this summer.

Existing site conditions at Troy's waterfront (image courtesy of W-Architecture).

Existing site conditions at Troy's waterfront (image courtesy of W-Architecture).

Proposed plan for Troy Riverside Park (image courtesy of W-Architecture).

Proposed plan for Troy Riverside Park (image courtesy of W-Architecture).

Rendering of proposed Troy park (image courtesy of W-Architecture).

Rendering of proposed Troy park (image courtesy of W-Architecture).

Troy Riverside Park hopes to make downtown connection (image courtesy of W-Architecture).

Troy Riverside Park hopes to make downtown connection (image courtesy of W-Architecture).

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