The Battery Conservancy
Tour Time: 12:00pm
Quennell Rothschild & Partners
Battery Park, New York, NY 10004
After 22 years, the redesign of The Battery, one of the city’s most historic and dramatic public spaces, is more than 90% complete. Quennell Rothschild & Partners was part of the team leading The Battery’s transformation from an asphalt-intensive Moses-era park into a verdant oasis worthy of its history and role as global destination. The Battery Conservancy and the New York City Parks Department are the clients.
The park’s major gathering space, The Battery Oval, opened this summer. A two-acre lawn shaded by mature trees, the Oval can accommodate up to 10,000 people. Also complete is the restoration and relocation of ten of the 23 monuments representing our nation’s explorers, defenders, and inventors. Previously scattered haphazardly around the park, these monuments have been moved to positions of dignified prominence along The Battery’s perimeter. The bidirectional, dedicated bikeway, is flanked with colorful plantings by Piet Oudolf; cyclists also benefit from an upgraded comfort station. Sustainable features include the reduction of impervious areas and new paths that minimize risk to the 250 old trees. These improvements join The Battery’s existing attractions—breathtaking harbor views, the lush Bosque Gardens, SeaGlass Carousel, and Battery Urban Farm.