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Kowsky Plaza


Water temperature 42°F. Water level -2ft. You may see Hermit Thrush.

Sector

Parks and Open Spaces

Service

Landscape Architecture

Client

Battery Park City Authority

Location

New York, NY

Status

Complete

Completion

2005

Site Area

18,000 SF

Architect

WXY

Following the collapse of the World Trade Center, this site, which had housed mechanical equipment for the towers, became an opportunity to reinvigorate a neglected space. Nestled between residential towers and North Cove Marina in Battery Park City, MNLA transformed the 18,000 sf site into a neighborhood asset.

Three distinctive rooms comprised of a toddlers' playground, a dog run, and a sitting plaza are articulated by an arbor that both defines and links the activity areas. Lush plantings and a variety of colorful, scented vines clamber up the trellis ladders to augment summer shade. Custom play equipment, including a glass-block water wall with child-activated buttons as well as stainless steel sand tables, sit discreetly within the plaza’s prow. Popular with both dog owners and passersby, the dog run sets a standard for imaginative canine exercise. Mounds and water-filled bowls allow dogs to jump, perch, and splash within a topographically and visually stimulating environment.

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"These facilities have turned Kowsky Plaza into a town square....(and) shows how a dog run and playground can be true community-building amenities." Michael Fenton, The Broadstreet.

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