New York City is hoping to turn a section of Governor’s Island into a Green vacation zone. The southern half of the island could be a sustainable, eco-friendly park as soon as 2012.
The island became the property of the city in 2003. Before that it was a US Army and Coast Guard post. The 173-acre strip of land was purchased for a mere $1.
A team of architects, West 8 / Rogers Marvel Architects / Diller Scofidio + Renfro / Urban Design +, are planning a 2.2 mile long promenade along the waterfront. Greenhouses and an aquatic center is also on the drawing board. The team is planning on recycling the Coast Guard buildings for materials to make hills and mountains. It is also being tossed around to make a floating restaurant.
The island’s northern half is open to the public as an outdoor area to bike and picnic.
When the park is completed there will be more than 100 acres of green space open to the public.