The Bosque

Site Conditions Pre–renovation

Previously an uninspired space characterized by cracked asphalt, old and broken picnic tables and monotonous rows of benches, the Bosque has been completely rebuilt with a host of unique amenities.

Reconstruction Plan and Funding

Opened in June 2005, the Battery Bosque is a garden–filled oasis at the tip of Manhattan. The Bosque, Spanish for “a grove of trees”, completes the second phase of Piet Oudolf’s horticultural master plan for The Battery.

The Bosque features 53,000 square feet of gardens set among 140 mature London plane trees. The Bosque hosts 34,000 perennial plants, two distinctively designed food kiosks and a 60–foot–wide granite spiral fountain. The Conservancy raised $225,000 to fund the Bosque concept design. The realization of this design was funded by an $8.5 million grant from the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation.

Design Team