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Daylighting the Saw Mill River Phase Three

Sectors

Connections, Waterfront

Service

Landscape Architecture

Client

City of Yonkers, NY

Location

Yonkers, NY

Status

Complete

Completion

2018

Site Area

1.5 acres

Architect

PS&S

Buried for nearly a century beneath the streets of downtown Yonkers, the Saw Mill River now flows in broad daylight through Larkin Plaza and Mill Street Courtyard (phases one and two). MNLA designed the third and final phase of the river's daylighting in collaboration with the City of Yonkers and its engineering team.

 

The phase three riverine park is located across the street from city hall and serves as a green gateway to other government buildings and the downtown shopping district. The project's design includes green infrastructure, river overlooks, stone seating along the river bank, performance areas, and lawns that frame the river bend views. The park accommodates the variable river flow and velocity at this location and features a bridge crossing and waterwheel that can be viewed up close from one of the upland overlooks. 

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