client: city of new york
Soundview Park, built on 212 acres of landfill at the junction of the Harlem and East Rivers in the South Bronx, is the most significant recreational facility in Community Board 9. As part of the PlanNYC initiative, Thomas Balsley Associates was selected as the lead designer of Soundview’s master plan. This brownfield remediation will drastically improve both the social and environmental well-being of the community. TBA’s site and regional analysis has helped to define design and programming objectives for the next phase of the project to ensure that the needs of the community are supported by a thorough understanding of the site’s ecological history.
The design goals include creating Neighborhood Gateway park spaces at the edges of the residential communities, developing passive recreation opportunities, enhancing existing active recreation opportunities, opening the waterfront and creating a naturalized zone in the contaminated landfill areas through environmental remediation.