Fort Tryon Park Heather Garden, Manhattan

Fifty years after Fort Tryon Park was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr., Quennell Rothschild & Partners prepared a plan for the park’s complete restoration, for the Greenacre Foundation and New York City Parks & Recreation.  Situated on a spectacular site in upper Manhattan near the Cloisters with rugged rocky topography and sweeping views of the Hudson River and across to the New Jersey Palisades, the 67‑acre park combines terraced gardens, woodland walks, and rustic stone bridges for pedestrians, with scenic drives created especially for the enjoyment of motorists.

The Master Plan included recommendations for the restoration of walkways, stone walls, terraces, steps, lawns and plantings that make up the whole park. A major focus of the Plan was the proposal for a complete restoration of the Heather Garden, opening up views of the river which had become obscured by weedy volunteer trees and overgrowth of much of the plant material. The restored Heather Garden is now one of the City’s most beautiful and well-maintained gardens which enhance the spectacular views.

Quennell Rothschild & Partners has continued to support the ongoing restoration of Fort Tryon Park with collaboration in development of the “New Leaf Café” for the New York Restoration Project, and with restoration plans for the Grotto and Alpine Garden, original park features designed by the Olmsted Brothers, and with reconstruction plans for Stair #50 in the northern sector of the Park for NYC Department of Parks and Recreation.

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    Robert Walsh

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