The creation of the Hudson River Park turned a derelict and dangerous waterfront into a world-class park ─ protecting the marine environment while enhancing public recreation, the city’s image, and its quality of life.
In the 1980’s, New York City and State proposed land filling 236-acres of the Hudson River to build a new interstate highway dubbed Westway. TF&A was active in the legal and political struggle to stop the project, and led the effort to secure community and government support for the creation of a new 4.5-mile park along Manhattan’s west side waterfront.
TF&A developed an inclusive public design process and worked with elected and appointed officials, community boards, civic organizations, government agencies, the building and construction trades, the real estate industry, and others to complete the concept and financial plan for this 550-acre park. We facilitated the development of the 1.2-million square foot Chelsea Piers, secured a $200 million capital commitment from the city and state to design and build the park, helped draft legislation to protect the park, and developed the parks programming, maintenance and operating procedures.