Together with the City of New York Department of Parks and Recreation, The Battery Conservancy transformed half the area of the park, creating The Battery Oval, Bikeway, and Woodland. The effort turned more than an acre of hard surface into green lawns and winding gardens and restored and relocated historic monuments to the park’s highly trafficked perimeter.
The Battery Bikeway links the east and west sides of Manhattan, joining the East River Esplanade to the Hudson River Park bikeway. Cyclists, joggers, and pedestrians pass through beautiful new gardens designed by The Battery’s horticultural master planner, Piet Oudolf. The Battery Oval was created by reconfiguring The Battery’s three-acre entrance into a grand oval with a seating capacity of 8,000 people. The Oval, the only large public assembly place in Lower Manhattan, is a site for concerts, dance performances, festivals, and other public events.
Garden Designer: Piet Oudolf
Landscape Architect: Quennell Rothschild & Partners in association with Starr Whitehouse Landscape Architects and Planners
Transportation consultant: Sam Schwartz
Design and Construction: $18 M
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