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We can’t wait for this breathtaking park to open on Governors Island in July

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Jennifer Picht

City dwellers are very fortunate that NYC is chock-full of enchanting gardens and fabulous parks filled with awesome outdoor activities. And thanks to The Trust for Governors Island, New Yorkers are getting an even cooler landmark to visit come July.

You’re going to want to bring your Polaroid camera to this one, folks. We already know that Governors Island is beautiful (don’t you just love those stunning skyline and Lady Liberty views?). But The Hills—a new landscape made of recycled fill materials designed by West 8—will offer a spectacular and gorgeous 360–degree panoramic view of the Harbor, since it’s positioned 25 to 70 feet above the Island. Get it? It’s hill-y.

This is a big and exciting change for the former military base, and we can’t wait to check it out come July 19. Check out some of the "hills" coming to this 10-acre park below! 

Grassy Hill: A 25-foot high gentle grassy slope overlooking the Island’s new and historic landscapes and the Manhattan skyline.

Slide Hill: At 40 feet high, this is the home of four slides, including the longest slide in New York City.

Discovery Hill: Also 40 feet high, this hill features a site-specific sculpture Cabin by the internationally recognized artist Rachel Whiteread.

Outlook Hill: This hill provides fully accessible paths and the Scramble, which is constructed out of granite seawall blocks, to reach the Outlook. At 70-feet above the Island, visitors get an unforgettable view of the Harbor, the Statue of Liberty and the skylines of Manhattan, Brooklyn and Jersey City.  

 Photographs courtesy The Trust for Governors Island.

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