Governors Island

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project at a glance

The redevelopment of Governors Island, in the heart of New York Harbor, is recognized as one of the city's most ambitious public projects. Work began in 2012 on the Governors Island Park & Public Space Master Plan. Over the course of four years, the Turner team oversaw a series of critical infrastructure and capital improvement initiatives such as replacing two miles of seawall, installing electrical service and potable waterlines, and restoring numerous landmarked buildings.

They also dramatically changed the topography of the island, with the addition of public parks and recreation space.

The first areas of the Master Plan to be completed were opened to the public in 2014. They included: the Liggett Terrace, which is a six-acre plaza with public seating, concessions and a hedge maze; Hammock Grove, a 10-acre area with 1,500 new trees, and 50 hammocks; and the Play Lawn, a 14-acre area with two full size natural turf fields. Completed in 2016, the culminating feature of the Master Plan is the 10-acre area known as The Hills. Rising 25 to 70 feet above the Island, the hills - known as Grassy, Slide, Discovery and Outlook - were developed using recycled debris from buildings that were demolished on the site.

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