Even the most beautiful landscape will fail if it is not maintained properly. The Hudson River Park Trust devotes the majority of its 60-person staff toward caring for the Park’s many piers and open spaces. This includes removing trash, overseeing park patron safety, managing concessions, issuing permits and leases, ensuring compliance with federal, state, and city statutes and requirements, and of course, planning for future operating needs.
For example, in 2011, the Trust negotiated and executed two important new leases with Circle Line/World Yacht and Con Edison that together will bring in over $2 million in additional annual operating revenue for the park.
With interest in boating of all sorts continuing to explode throughout the Harbor, we recently planned for a new sailing school and mooring area to open in Tribeca. At Pier 40, we welcomed Hornblower Cruises to the family of dinner cruise vessels already located in the Park. Hornblower will operate New York State’s first hydrogen-powered clean vessel. We are also beginning work on a comprehensive Request for Proposals for operators for the soon-to-be four boathouses in Hudson River Park.
Last year, the Trust negotiated and executed two important new leases with Circle Line/World Yacht and Con Edison that together will bring in over $2 million in much needed additional annual operating revenue for the park.
After this year’s balmy winter and the early arrival of spring, it’s almost hard to remember the toll Mother Nature took on New York City last year, with record snowfall, a hurricane, and one of our hottest summers. The Hudson River Park Trust’s superb Maintenance and Operations staff performed heroically through these challenges. The Trust regularly receives compliments from bikeway users especially about the speed and effectiveness of our snow cleaning operations.
Unfortunately, even the extraordinary preparation the Trust undertook as Tropical Storm Irene advanced could not prevent the effects of forceful tidal action at a section of historic bulkhead in Midtown. Within weeks after the tropical storm, a large section of bulkhead collapsed within a matter of seconds. The good news was that no one was injured given the preventive measures that had already been taken to remove this site from public access. Still, the collapse brought home the urgency of upgrading essential infrastructure and the need for funding to do so.
The Trust’s Horticulture staff is beginning to implement a new zone management system to care for the thousands of plants throughout the five-mile park area. Coupled with a significant increase in the number of seasonal gardeners and volunteers, along with donations from the private sector, we expect this initiative to have an immediate, visible impact on our gardens, lawns, and trees.