Located on the west shore of Manhattan, from Hells Kitchen, past Chelsea and Greenwich Village to Tribeca, is Hudson River Park. This is a linear park following the shore side of West Street. This is an ongoing project of pier rebuilding and public realm improvements to the shore line. Public funding for the project commenced in 1999 and continues to this day.
Pier 46 is one of the completed Hudson River Park projects. This pier by its nature form a linear park which juts out into the Hudson River, providing a cooling breeze on a hot summers day. This park performs the function of a programmable space with summer cinema screenings, yoga classes and educational events.
At each end of the pier a grove of trees has been planted, under which bench seating has been placed. The groves are planted at a slightly raised level so as to allow for a suitable depth of topsoil to enable these trees to thrive.
On the day I visited the Pier 46 several groups of friends were chatting at the tables and fishing in the deep water off the end of the pier. The piles in the water off the end of Pier 46 were retained as a valuable habitat for fish.
To each long edge of the pier a raise promenade is located. Three planters at promenade level are space evenly along the south promenade. Between the two promenades a sunken synthetic grass lawn space has been created. As the lawn is synthetic little maintenance is required and build up to it foundation can be kept t a minimum.