Ideas from New Yorkers
“Island of a thousand hammocks.” “A place to go with the one I love.” “Kite
flying.” “A field to play.” “Ice cream.”
Thousands of New Yorkers contributed ideas about what they would like to see in the park and public spaces during the master planning design process. They were asked to imagine a future for an island that had been off-limits to the public during its military use except for just one day a year. They were also asked to propose favorite activities for a new park and public spaces.
With these challenges of history and access, The Trust for Governors Island and the West 8 design team sought new ways to encourage New Yorkers to participate in the design process. The goal was to listen and create an engaging public process supported by the Internet.
The methods were diverse and far reaching: community meetings; online exhibition of competition proposals; outreach to recreational, civic and cultural groups; email suggestions; on-Island workshops imagining “a day in the park;” surveys of hundreds of Island visitors; a “photo booth” which allowed visitors to “picture yourself” in the new park and public spaces with backdrops of park renderings; visitor portraits posted on Flickr; exhibits in Manhattan and on Governors Island; subscriptions to a blog with weekly postings on the design team’s progress. More than 1,900 New Yorkers of all ages made suggestions on Post It™ notes with markers and stamps as part of a summer 2008 exhibit on-Island.
New Yorkers will see their ideas in the plan: hammocks for napping, habitat for birds, fields for sports, bicycles for free, to name just a few. As the design process moves forward, the public will be invited to continue participating in the process to make the park and public spaces on Governors Island their own.
Governors Island offers a world apart from New York City, an extraordinary vantage point on New York Harbor and its icons, and the chance to experience the sounds and smells of a green Island surrounded by water. The Governors Island…
During the 2007 design competition, the West 8 Team sketched an idea for Governors Island’s park and public spaces: create a dramatic vertical landscape on the Island. This idea was based on the notion that in order to transform it…
Governors Island is truly an island like no other, with a unique vantage point on the Harbor and a treasured historic landscape.
VAST WATER, BIG SKY
In Manhattan, tall buildings create canyons with their own shadows. There is little sense…
Governors Island already embodies a special carefree spirit. Its first generation of visitors remark that a visit is like a vacation. The park and public space design preserves the Island as an oasis for bicycling, play, the arts, and the…
Sustainability is a core principle driving the Master Plan.
Creating and preserving 87 acres of open space on Governors Island and making them accessible to millions of urban dwellers of course addresses larger goals for the livability and sustainability…
The Park and Public Space Master Plan is the first phase of the Island’s multi-phase, mixed-use development strategy.
The Park and Public Space Master Plan will transform Governors Island into a destination, take advantage of its unparalleled setting in the…