Come Play with Us! A New Resilient Playscape at the Tip of Manhattan

Janes Walk

Led By Joan Krevlin, Partner, BKSK Architects AND Laura Starr, Partner, Starr Whitehouse

BKSK Architects and Starr Whitehouse Landscape Architects will host a walking tour of the new Battery Playscape, located in Lower Manhattan. They will highlight the design thinking and the collaborative process that resulted in this playful, plant-filled, and resilient recreational landscape that engages all who are young at heart. Nestled within The Battery, and conceived after Hurricane Sandy, the Playscape engages the energy of where the land meets the sea, locals meet tourists, and the urban bustle yields to nature. The 1.5-acre space is designed for universal full-body play that fosters environmental and cultural awareness through sustainable and water-conscious, ecologically informed features. It tells a story of resilience interwoven with play and is built to flood and recover, part of an embedded climate change narrative.

Attendees should expect an hour-long outdoor tour on accessible pathways– light rain or shine. We would suggest comfortable shoes, but the ground is paved, and the project will be open to the public. Attendees are asked to be mindful of the children and allow them ample space for play while exploring the site. The Battery playscape is located at the tip of Manhattan in The Battery. It is accessible by foot, by bicycle on the Hudson River greenway, from the Staten Island Ferry, by subway: 4/5 Train to Bowling Green, R Train to Whitehall, W Train to Whitehall on weekdays, 1 Train to South Ferry, and by Bus: M55, M15, M15 Select Bus Service, M20 to South Ferry, BM1, BM2, BM3, BM4, X1, X3, X4, X8, X14, X15 go to State Street and Battery Place, X10, X11, X12, X17, X19 to Battery Place. The Playscape and the surrounding landscape are universally accessible to all visitors (and there are accessible play options).
Location Information

RSVP is required and capacity is limited. Meeting location, ending location, and directions will be provided via email before walk date.


Friday, May 6, 2022
1:00 PM
Less than 1 hour

Borough: Manhattan
Theme: Advocacy, Art & Architecture, Environment
Language: English
Battery Park Playscape in The Battery, Manhattan. Photo: Pavel Bendov. Modifications: photo cropped.