Renderings for new Pier 97 renovations released

Photo courtesy of Risa Heller Communications

The park will have a children’s play area, a sports field, an elevated “belvedere” with river views, a sloped sun lawn and more.

Pier 97 will never be the same, nor will there be anything like it if recently released renderings are implemented by Hudson River Park Trust.

The 680-foot-by-120-foot recreation space was reconstructed in 2013 but remains an empty concrete slab over the water, parallel with West 57th Street, but construction is now set to begin by fall of 2020.

A rendering shows another angle of the forthcoming park. (Courtesy !melk/Hudson River Park Trust)

Architectural firm !melk rendered the designs for the park, which Hudson River Park Trust reps say will have a children’s play area, a sports field, water play, an elevated “belvedere” with river views, a sloped sun lawn for sunbathing and a woodland area.

There will also be three structures, one a comfort station and another Parks operations as well as a small food concession stand.

Bicyclists will be able to access Pier 97 from the Route 9A bikeway and the build is expected to wrap up by the spring of 2022.

Mark Hallum