Hunter’s Point South Waterfront Park opens in Queens

Hunter's Point South Waterfront Park opened Wednesday in Queens. Credit: NYCMayorsOffice/Twitter
Hunter’s Point South Waterfront Park opened Wednesday in Queens.
Credit: NYCMayorsOffice/Twitter

Hailing it as a victory for the revitalized Queens neighborhood, city officials unveiled the new Hunter’s Point South Waterfront Park on Wednesday.

The 5.5-acre park utilizes a previously abandoned post-industrial area and includes a large lawn, a playground, a 13,000-square-foot pavilion and a waterfront promenade.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg said that opening up more waterfront space to the public was a priority of his administration.

“Around the city, we’ve reclaimed abandoned or neglected parts of our waterfront, turning them into innovative open spaces,” Bloomberg said in a statement.

The park is part of the city’s effort to develop Hunter’s Point South as a new mixed-use neighborhood with affordable housing, shopping and a new public school.

The multiphase Hunter’s Point South project will include the largest new affordable housing complex in the city since the 1970s.

Mayor Michael  Bloomberg and other officials opened the Hunter's Point South Waterfront Park in Queens Wednesday. Credit: Edward Reed/Mayor's Office
Mayor Michael Bloomberg and other officials opened the Hunter’s Point South Waterfront Park in Queens Wednesday.
Credit: Edward Reed/Mayor’s Office

“Hunter’s Point South is poised to become a vibrant middle-class neighborhood and a destination for New Yorkers and visitors alike,” said Kyle Kimball, president of the city’s Economic Development Corporation, which led construction of the park, in a statement.

The park was primarily financed by the city’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development. The park, along with new roadways and infrastructure at the same site, cost $66 million.

The park, which also features an adult fitness area, a dog run and a small beach, will be maintained by the Department of Parks & Recreation.

Solar panels on the park’s pavilion will provide more than 50 percent of its energy. The park was also designed to resist flooding.

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