We have heard so much about the opening Section 2 of the High Line, but did you know that reuse of existing structures such as the former rail structure is part of a growing trend? Here are some other innovate reuse projects that add greenery to cities:
Brooklyn: The Brooklyn Bridge Park, which is in construction with several sections already open, will span 85 acres and just over a mile along the East River. When fully complete, it will be filled with lawns, recreation, benches and landscaped areas and repurpose underused and inaccessible land into an urban park with views of downtown Manhattan and the New York harbor.
Chicago: The Millennium Park, which opened in 2004, is a nearly 25-acre park built over an active railroad. It serves as a center for art and music and features impressive architecture and landscape design.
Dallas: The Park, currently in construction, is the conversion of a just over five acres of a freeway into a green urban park. As the center of Dallas’ art district, The Park will serve as a common lawn and focal point for outdoor activities.
Seattle: Just over 19 acres, the Gas Works Park sits on the former site of the Seattle Gas Light Company’s gasification plant. Some of the original elements of the plant stand as ruins, while others have been repurposed into a children’s play barn.
Brooklyn: Not only does A Tree Grow in Brooklyn, but a whole campground will soon call this part of New York home. The Brooklyn Airport Campground is the conversion of the former Brooklyn Airport into 600 additional campgrounds (in addition to the five established campgrounds).
Chicago: The Bloomingdale Trail is a proposed three-mile-long elevated park that will be built on a former rail line that runs through Chicago.
Hollywood: A spawn of the Dallas project is the Hollywood Freeway Central Park, a proposed conversion of 24 acres of a freeway, into “green community spaces.” This will be implemented by putting a cap over the highway and building a park on top of the cap.
There are so many innovative reuse projects that this list can go on (almost) forever. What is your favorite reuse project? What sites would you like to see revamped and repurposed?