BATTERY PARK CITY RESILIENCE (BPCR) PROJECTS 10-YEAR UPDATE

The Battery Park City Resilience (BPCR) projects consist of an integrated coastal flood risk management system that addresses storm surge and sea level rise in Battery Park City (BPC). The system will be implemented in three discrete projects: The South BPC Resiliency Project (SBPCR); the BPC Ball Fields & Community Center Resiliency Project; and the North/West BPC Resiliency Project (NWBPCR). 

South Battery Park City Resiliency Project (SBPCR) will implement an integrated flood barrier system, stormwater drainage improvements, enhanced waterfront access, and expanded community and green spaces, extending from the Museum of Jewish Heritage through Wagner Park, across Pier A Plaza, and along the northern border of the Historic Battery. It will also elevate Wagner Park by 10 to 12 feet to protect against future storm surges and rising sea levels.

SBPCR construction is slated to commence this September and last for two years. The BPCA extended public comment on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement into June, and continues to solicit public input on the final SBPCR design. In August BPCA announced a 74% increase in planned green space for Wagner Park in response to feedback from community stakeholders. The community is working with their elected officials to make modifications to the final plan. 

The BPC Ball Fields & Community Center Resiliency Project has completed construction on its 800-linear foot flood barrier system along the eastern, northern, and southern boundaries of the BPC Ball Fields. 

The North/West Battery Park City Resiliency Project (NWBPCR) will connect to the SBPCR project at First Place, extending the integrated flood risk management system north along the Battery Park City Esplanade, across to the east side of West Street/Route 9A, and end above Chambers Street. 

BPCA hosted an in-person Open House in June and a virtual Open House through July to gather public comment on the NWBPCR design. The next step for the project is to select the design build team and conduct environmental review this fall. Construction on the project is anticipated to begin in summer 2023 and be completed by the end of 2026.

KEY DATA

Location: Battery Park City, Manhattan, New York

Implementation Led by: New York State Battery Park City Authority (BPCA)

Budget: ​​$859 million from BPCA bonds ($8.5 million for BPC Ball Fields & Community Center Project, $221 million estimated for South BPC Resiliency Project, $630 million estimated for North/West BPC Resiliency Project)

At a Glance: Construction on the BPC Ball Fields is complete and construction on SPBCR will begin this September. Public comment on the NWBPCR design concluded in July and construction will begin next summer.

Press: Battery Park City resiliency project gets eleventh-hour greenspace boost, Crain’s New York (Aug 2022); Behind a Billion-Dollar Bid to Save Lower Manhattan, Bloomberg (July 2022); Battery Park City gears up for major transformation that will make it more resilient to sea level rise, Archinect (July 2022); Coastal resiliency report: From Battery Park and Two Bridges to Hudson River Park and Chelsea, comprehensive planning is needed, The Village Sun (July 2022); In Battery Park City, Another Plan to Destroy a Green Space In Order to Save It, The City (May 2022); BPCA President & CEO B.J. Jones describes the completed construction of resiliency measures at the BPC Ball Fields, NY1 (March 2022); Flood Protection Planning Begins for Long Stretch of Battery Park City, Tribeca Trib (Aug 2021)

GET INVOLVED

View project updates, design concepts, and public presentations for all BPCR projects on the project page HERE.

View SBPCR FAQs, including video flythroughs of the rendered SBCR site, HERE.

View the latest NWBPCR project overview at the Virtual Open House here.

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Old design for Wagner Park and new design in response to community input. The community is working with their elected officials to make modifications to the final plan. Source: BPCA

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Renderings of the SBCR Project. Source: BPCA

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Flood barrier at the BPC Ball Fields. Source: BPCA

NWBPCR project reaches. Source: BPCA