client: queens west development corporation
Located on the main retail corridor of Hunters Point, this park serves the active recreational and social gathering needs of the adjacent community and is the gateway to the new Queens West waterfront development. This project was developed over an area that was previously a railroad “cut” that divided a neighborhood.
At Vernon Boulevard, a long sweeping curve defines a generous crescent of lawn, a contemporary village green that is a social gathering place for locals and a respite for shoppers. Court games—basketball, handball and racquetball—are accommodated in the divided spaces along the park’s length.
An imaginative children’s play area at the western end allows the park to effectively address the needs of a cross section of ages and activities. Functional partitioning is provided by a system of low, curving walls and architectural fences. The southern edge of the park is defined by a high wall whose character changes along its length with penetrations of colored glass block and stainless steel panels. This lively, linear backdrop serves as a strong unifying element for the park.