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Get a Sneak Peek of Governors Island's Almost-Completed Park This Weekend

By Irene Plagianos | September 23, 2013 2:54pm
 The new Governors Island Park is set to open in May 2014.
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GOVERNORS ISLAND — Governors Island closes for the season this weekend, but there’s still time to grab a sneak peak of the island’s nearly completed 30-acre park.

The Trust for Governors Island is inviting the public to come take a tour, or just wander around, in the construction site of a new, expansive green space called Governors Island Park.

The overhauled public space, slated to be done at the end of October, will include ball fields, a 1,500 tree-filled grove dotted with hammocks and maze-like hedges.

The new park will be open to the public starting in May 2014, when the island reopens for the season, a Governors Island spokeswoman said.

Governors Island Park 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.

A series of massive hills, made from landfill, are also under construction and will offer sweeping views of the city's skyline when they are done in 2015.

For more information about the tours this Saturday and Sunday, visit Governors Island's website.