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Governors Island Slide Hill

Transforming historic Governors Island into a spectacular new destination

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    Feet High

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  • Governors Island, New York

    Governors Island, New York

Enhancing a 172-acre New York landmark with the addition of Slide Hill

Governors Island, a 172-acre historical landmark just south of Manhattan, is a public-serving, summer-ready excursion for all of New York. When the Governors Island team wanted add some new features, we joined as landscape architect of record for the design-build project. The aim? A hill with four monumental slides.

We worked in collaboration with multiple design and construction firms to complete and implement the design for the Slide Hill. Our value engineering included preparing alternative details for critical elements like the layout of the timber scramble and placement of the slides and tree plantings. We also provided the design and the construction documents, ensuring the design intent was maintained.

The beautiful, natural-looking hill has four slides of differing lengths and widths, visually separated by trees and plantings. Large rectangular stones and timber are scattered on the slope for both climbing and sitting. In addition, the composite climber play area had to be code-compliant, inviting, and safe for all ages.

The end result is a one-of-a-kind feature for Governors Island’s park and public spaces, fitting seamlessly into the natural environment and providing all ages with new experiences and memories. 

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  • Governors Island
Meet Our Team

Jenny Hamann, Senior Associate, Landscape Architect

Seamless landscapes and urban spaces are created when you balance creativity with practical solutions—they create better communities.
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Gentry Lock, Principal, Landscape Architecture

I enjoy working with clients and communities to design urban open spaces that enhance the quality of life of all community members.
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Gary Sorge , Vice President, Community Development, Discipline Leader (Landscape Architecture)

Designing infrastructure with the ability to withstand natural and human impacts is an economic and social responsibility.
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Jenny Hamann

Senior Associate, Landscape Architect

Gentry Lock

Principal, Landscape Architecture

Gary Sorge

Vice President, Community Development, Discipline Leader (Landscape Architecture)

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