Landscape Architect & Specifier News

JAN 2019

LASN is a photographically oriented, professional journal featuring topics of concern and state-of-the-art projects designed or influenced by registered Landscape Architects.

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Above and Right: Located beneath a boat-like viewing deck, grassy wetlands flood twice a day at high tide (above). Without firm walls keeping the rising water out of the park, the land exists symbiotically with the East River. LLOYD/SWA, VACERKA/ESTO, COURTESY SWA/BALSLEY AND WEISS/MANFREDI 24 Landscape Architect and Specifier News One park that was completed in the summer of 2018 may have some answers when it comes to managing stormwater flooding. Hunter's Point South Park, located in Queens, N.Y., and designed by SWA/ Balsley, in partnership with WEISS/MANFREDI and infrastructure designer ARUP, exemplifies a strategy that can help clean up after major storms and flooding disasters. A Sustainable Park The 5.5-acre park reestablishes an acre of wetlands, a return to the site's pre-industrial history and a contribution to the site's resilience. With both low and high marshes planted, the new wetlands enable shoreline bank erosion control and sediment stabilization. With an expanded plant palette, the wetlands also enhance water quality and promote wildlife and fish habitation. Phase two of Hunter's Point South Park opened in June, but the first half of the resilient park had already been tested. As phase one neared completion in 2012, Hurricane Sandy and its 4-foot storm surge flooded the entire area. When the storm was over, the water drained right back out into the river at a pace the sewer system could handle, leaving the park intact. The park is also a new model for waterfront resilience, with a "soft" approach to protecting the water's edge from floodwaters. Instead of concrete walls and buttresses guarding the plot from the river, this park works with the river. Twice a day, as the high tide rolls in, Hunter's Point South Park becomes a marsh. Low Tide / High Tide Between the riverside path and the park's main promenade, a small creek develops through the long grasses—tall and native—built to survive the brackish onslaught. Part of the park, a peninsula in low-tide times, becomes an island when the river comes up. Hunter's Point South Park's relationship with the river

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