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New renderings revealed for western expansion of Hudson Yards park

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A verdant, High Line-adjacent landscape will be built atop the Amtrak rail yard at Hudson Yards, designed by Nelson Byrd Woltz. (Courtesy Design Distill)
A verdant, High Line-adjacent landscape will be built atop the Amtrak rail yard at Hudson Yards, designed by Nelson Byrd Woltz. (Courtesy Design Distill)

Finally, we have a visual of what the rest of the rail yards at New York City’s Hudson Yards will become. CityRealty reported that new renderings have been revealed of the expansion of the 17-million-square-foot megaproject, detailing how the development will take over the entirety of the Amtrak railyard.

Phase two of construction on Hudson Yards’ intertwining parkland will add winding stone paths, a lush open lawn, food kiosks, and a bright children’s playground overlooking the Hudson River next to the High Line. Manhattan-based landscape architecture firm Nelson Byrd Woltz (NBWLA)—which also designed the currently-under-construction Public Square and Gardens at Hudson Yards—will bring more, much-needed green space to the West Side enclave that’s recently gotten flack for its record-breaking price tag

Rendering of playground Hudson Yards

Rendering of a playground at Hudson Yards (Courtesy Design Distill)

The expansion also includes the final build-out of Michael Van Valkenburgh (MVVA)’s Hudson Boulevard Park that runs directly through the site from 33rd to 36th Streets. Once complete, the extension will bring it up to 39th Street. MVVA finished the first phase of the elongated greenway in 2015, which included the MTA’s 7 train extension in what’s known as Eastern Yards. Together with the boulevard and far West Side parkland, the long-awaited landscape at Hudson Yards will cover a total of 12 acres.

Masterplan of Hudson Yards parkland development

Masterplan of Hudson Yards parkland development (Courtesy Hudson Yards Development Corporation)

NBWLA’s renderings show that the park will sit on the same level as the adjacent High Line, meaning the team will likely use the same engineering to construct a ventilation cover for the rail yard below and a deck to support the landscape. Officials say groundbreaking on the second phase of parkland at Hudson Yards will begin in late 2020 and is slated to open in winter 2023.

Hudson Yards Park ice rink

Renderings suggest that the Hudson Yards park lawn will be turned into an ice rink in the winter for area residents and visitors. (Courtesy Design Distill)

Once complete, Hudson Yards Development Corporation, which is building out the plan, will transfer care of the parkland over to the city’s parks and transportation departments.

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