South Park isn’t just in Colorado. New York City also has its own South Park, Hunter’s Point South Park to be exact. Although Hunter’s Point South Park has been around since August of 2013, the new extension, which opened on June 27th, offers amazing views of Manhattan, while providing much needed storm protection for the area. Let’s take a look!
Before RC starts it Jackson Avenue exposé, we stopped by the Hunter’s Point South Park extension and took in the sights and sounds of this fascinating new park. Like many New York parks, there’s lot of really cool things to do if you enjoy gentle strolls, biking, soaking up incredible East River vista, and coastal storm resiliency.
From your first few steps past the original park, two features are immediately apparent: the walkable bridge your right, and a large observation platform straight ahead. We didn’t get a chance to visit the observation platform, but we visited the rest of the park. Our journey initially took us to the right, where we followed the path over a bridge and to a secret grassy field with sweeping vistas of the East Rive
Continuing onward, we reached the storm resiliency sections of the park, its real gems. If you keep to your right after the bridge, you’ll reach another grassy hill, except this one isn’t nearly as sparsely populated as our initial grassy hill. Continuing past the grassy hill, we reach yet a walkable path to one’s right, just after the moment the nascent Greenpoint skyline becomes visible.
Here’s the thing with storm resiliency. Over the centuries, New York’s waterfront acted as the main highway for goods and manufacturing to thrive. That means our once natural waterfronts were destroyed in the name of industry. Unfortunately, that weakens the shore and the coast’s natural defenses to flooding. In other words, your shoreline won’t be able to absorb storm surge if there’s are no marshes, sand, seaweed, plantlife, etc. This effort goes a long way to reverse the vulnerable position that former policy has situated our shorelines. But of course, we need much more of it.
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