Press Release Article


Date: Jun 24, 2016
Press Release Number: 106-2016

Park will provide Lower Manhattan community with elevated linear green space overlooking World Trade Center site

Liberty Park – Lower Manhattan’s newest and first elevated linear park above Liberty Street on the World Trade Center site – will open to the public at 11:45 a.m. on Wednesday, June 29.

The park, a smaller scale version of Manhattan’s iconic High Line built on top of the World Trade Center Vehicle Security Center and surrounding the future St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, will provide workers, residents and tourists a tranquil setting overlooking the National September 11 Memorial Plaza and One World Trade Center.

The park has the capacity for 750 people and contains 19 planters filled with trees, shrubs and perennials. Last month, a sapling grown from the original Anne Frank horsechestnut tree that grew outside Anne’s Netherlands home was planted in the park. Ten additional saplings also have been planted in various locations around the country.

One of the park’s most striking features is a Living Wall, a creative vertical garden that runs along the north facing façade of Liberty Street masking the driveways to the Vehicle Security Center. The wall, 336 feet long and 25 feet high, is built with a total of 826 panels. The panels will be filled with 22,356 plants of six different varieties.

In addition to the Living Wall, the park is a green roof and has several other sustainable features including reclaimed teakwood for the guardrails and benches and LED lighting.

Media wishing to cover the park’s opening should meet at the corner of Liberty and Greenwich streets prior to 11:45 a.m.

Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

Founded in 1921, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey builds, operates, and maintains many of the most important transportation and trade infrastructure assets in the country. The agency’s network of aviation, ground, rail, and seaport facilities is among the busiest in the country, supports more than 550,000 regional jobs, and generates more than $23 billion in annual wages and $80 billion in annual economic activity. The Port Authority also owns and manages the 16-acre World Trade Center site, where the 1,776-foot-tall One World Trade Center is now the tallest skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere. The Port Authority receives no tax revenue from either the State of New York or New Jersey or from the City of New York. The agency raises the necessary funds for the improvement, construction or acquisition of its facilities primarily on its own credit. For more information, please visit

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