City Preps East River Park Demolition Ahead of Coastal Resiliency Project

Posted on: December 6th, 2021 at 5:00 am by

Photo: Manny Cartagena

It has come to this. The southern section of East River Park is now fenced off, ready for its destruction and rebirth.

Barely a week after a temporary restraining order in place since November was overturned on appeal, the city is now ready to begin resiliency work inside East River Park. Fences are up and trees will be felled in the coming days.

Outspoken activists remain pitted against the billion-dollar plan. The East River Park ACTION group sounded the clarion call for a “defend” action this morning.

Photo: Manny Cartagena

The forthcoming construction is part of the first phase, with partial closure of portions of the southern end of the park and creation of new pedestrian routes to accommodate equipment movement and perimeter fencing. As expected, additional phased park closures will happen from now into 2022 to “accommodate an aggressive work schedule to ensure timely completion,” per the city.

As reported, the $1.45 billion plan will see the destruction and rebirth of the park eight feet higher than the status quo. It means the removal of one thousand mature trees, demolition of architecturally significant Track House and Tennis Center Comfort Station, and the loss of open public space on the coastline.

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