EVG reader JOY spotted the gates open yesterday... with a few folks inside the long-empty lot ... website, construction is now 100% complete... and the completion date was moved up from October to this month.
As noted in previous posts, since the 1990s, the Department of Environmental Preservation has used this city-owned space to work on shafts connected to the underground network of tunnels that supply NYC's drinking water.
Several years ago, there were public meetings to gather ideas for "passive recreation space" here between the Bowery and Lafayette. And this is the result of those.
As a few readers have noted, the design couldn't include large trees because the space is above the water-tunnel site ... and the roots would interfere.
And to be clear, this is still an active DEP site... and, occasionally, city trucks will need to access the space... as the schematic shows...