Final Phase of High Line at Rail Yards Features Lush Sheltered Outdoor Room
November 13, 2013 by Robin Plaskoff Horton
Accessed through a circular structure lined with dense woodland plantings, The Spur will be park’s widest area and will also establish the High Line’s northeast terminus. This last stretch of the park will extend across the intersection of 10th Avenue and West 30th Street, north of the already transformed portion of the elevated urban green space.
According to Friends of the High Line, this final transformation of the last parcel of previously decayed railroad tracks will create “an extraordinary, sheltered, and vegetated interior room that one discovers through various openings and entries.”
Visitors to The Spur will experience views of Hudson Yards, the expansive 28 acre mixed-use development project that will connect the High Line with three neighborhoods along Manhattan’s West Side: the Meatpacking District, West Chelsea, and Clinton/Hell’s Kitchen.
A network of of urban green spaces including The High Line, Hudson River Park, and the new Hudson Park & Boulevard will together assemble a seamless path from West 14th Street to West 42nd Street with Hudson Yards at its center.
In visual contrast to the surrounding urban development, The Spur will offer visitors “a lush and otherworldly environment inspired by the dense layers of a woodland habitat,” an immersive natural oasis featuring broad-leaf woodland grasses, perennials and ferns, with Snakebark maple and black tupelo trees framing upward views of the sky and towers.
Since it’s opening in 2009, the neighborhood around the High Line has experienced massive gentrification–along with the corresponding elevated real estate prices–and I suspect the High Line at the Rail Yards will do the same for that area, if it has not done so already.
Friends of the High Line envision the full public opening of the High Line at the Rail Yards in late 2014.
Photos via Friends of the High Line.