Creating a park through Community Build Days!

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A lot of progress has been made on Pier 42 over the last few weeks gearing up for the launch on July 20th. We’ve hosted a series of four Community Build Days with volunteers to help create build out the site infrastructure and work alongside the Paths to Pier 42 artists in the creation of their installations. In this post we’ll highlight the site infrastructure and how we’ve been building out the park. Look out later this week for updates on the artist installations.

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With Leroy Street Studio and Dlandstudio (the master site planners) we’ve placed shipping Containers on site that are used for artist storage and as a meeting space for youth programs that are happening this summer. The two containers have been painted a cheerful blue and a structure to provide shade is being stretched between them creating a series of vinyl flags made from recycled billboard material. We’ve built planters and benches around the site that have been planted with volunteers over the weekend.

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We’ve brought a solar generator to the site to provide electricity, which has been lent to us for the summer by our neighbor organization, Solar One, in Stuyvesant Cove park further up the East River.

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To create all of this we’ve transported and unloaded over 20,000 pounds of recycled construction lumber to the pier that has been generously donated by Build It Green. The wood is being used by four of the five artists and designers and also to construct the site’s benches and planters.

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This week we will be finishing the construction of the shade structure which will ultimately cover a picnic table area, and we will be building more seating for the park. If you’d like to volunteer this week please contact: dylan@hesterstreet.org