Governors Island sees bump in weekend visitors this summer

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Visitors tour a new park under construction at Governors Island last weekend. The island saw a 15 percent bump in weekend and holiday visitors this summer.
Credit: The Trust of Governors Island/Flickr

Governors Island saw a 15 percent increase of weekend visitors over the summer compared to last year.

Nearly 400,000 people visited the island during weekends and holidays from the end of May through September, The Trust for Governors Island announced Wednesday.

“We are delighted that so many visited Governors Island this season to enjoy cultural and recreational programs in our historic buildings and open green spaces,” the trust’s president, Leslie Koch, said in a statement.

During the summer, the island hosted a vintage carousel and carnival ride festival, Fete Paradiso, as well as more than 60 other programs.

Though visitor numbers increased, the southern half of the island was closed during construction of infrastructure and a 30-acre park. The park, which will be completed in November, will have 1,500 new trees, a plaza and fields, among other amenities.

The trust said that 5,000 people previewed the construction site and the new park over the weekend.

The park will open to the public in May.

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