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First of 1,500 Trees Planted in Governors Island's Hammock Grove

 Governors Island Hammock Grove had its first tree planted on Aug. 28 2013
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GOVERNORS ISLAND — A particularly relaxing addition to Governors Island is spreading its roots.

The Island planted the first of 1,500 trees Thursday in what’s shaping up to be its Hammock Grove — seven acres of greenery, filled with 55 different tree species, dotted with 50 hammocks for some easy-going days of swaying, sleeping, or maybe even reading, in the park.

The shady spot is part of the Island’s 30 acres of revamped park space, which will also include ball fields and playful green space with maze-like hedges, that’s slated to be ready by the end of October.

The new public parkland is just one piece of a massive plan for transforming the former Coast Guard base. The city plans to invest more than $260 million by 2014 to overhaul the island’s infrastructure.