The World Trade Center’s Liberty park is a one-acre elevated green space which sits overlooking the National September 11 Memorial and Museum to the north. After 15 years of development and $50 million, the park opened to the public in late June, 2016. The park was developed and constructed by The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to be a space for reflection, a lunch break or simply passing time. It is open 24 hours, seven days a week.
Similar to the Highline, the park features teak-covered angular benches which surround islands of greenery with spots of lavender and pink flowers. It is an open and clean space with a large, sun-soaked wooden deck dotted with trees which provide shade. At 25 feet above street level, the park is a green oasis floating amongst the panorama of Manhattan’s Financial District. The Freedom Tower glistens above the park, almost disappearing into the surrounding sky.
Suspended above the city, the park feels removed from the tourist hub below and gives a new perspective emotionally and physically to the memorial site it overlooks. Although it is a communal space, it encourages a rare moment of solidarity in such a populated city. The lovely modern space feels peaceful and impermeable to the concrete jungle in the distance.
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