The Battery Coastal Resilience

The Battery Coastal Resilience

Aerial view of the Battery Coastal Resilience Project

The Battery Coastal Resilience Project is part of the Lower Manhattan Coastal Resiliency (LMCR) Project. This project is being undertaken by NYCEDC in partnership with NYC Parks.

The Battery has a legacy of open space and a changing shoreline. Today, it continues to be a special place for New Yorkers and tourists, but the wharf is in need of repair and a changing climate demands that we design for the future. The Battery Coastal Resilience Project will rebuild and elevate the wharf promenade in The Battery, staying true to the character and uses of the park while elevating it out of the projected sea level rise in the year 2100. The proposed design will incorporate sustainable and resilient features to protect The Battery and help it withstand and recover from future flooding, including: salt-tolerant trees and plantings, an enhanced drainage system, and permable pavers.

The project will address the following design goals:

  • Reconstruct the deteriorating wharf
  • Protect The Battery from rising seas over the next 80 years
  • Accommodate passenger ferry uses
  • Preserve and enhance park character and gardens
  • Design for universal accessibility to create a welcoming and accessible esplanade
  • Protect the park's historic and cultural resources

The proposed design has been planned and designed to ensure that when completed the LMCR projects will work together as a compatible, unified system, offering a consistent level of coastal flood risk reduction to Lower Manhattan. The Battery Coastal Resilience project will integrate two layers of protection: an elevated waterfront edge to mitigate risks from sea level rise and future storm surge protection built on higher ground. Together, the Project and adjacent resiliency efforts form a coordinated set of coastal protections that maintain the uses and character of the park today, while providing protections for storm events in the future.

Lead: NYCEDC, NYC Parks, MOCEJ

Funding: $200M

Project Fact Sheet

Learn more about The Battery Coastal Resilience Project

Timeline

Final design will be completed in Fall 2022. Construction will occur through two phases of partial wharf closures to minimize disruptions to park activity and maintain wharf ferry services. Phase 1 is scheduled to begin Spring 2023. Phase 2 is scheduled to begin once Phase 1 concludes in Summer 2024. Additional updates to the construction schedule and closure information will be posted.

Graphic Timeline | Fall 2022 Design Complete | 2023-2024 COnstruction Phase 1 | 2024-2025 Construction Phase 2
Proposed view to elevated wharf
Proposed view from the East Coast Memorial
Proposed pathway to elevated wharf
Proposed view from Pier A Plaza towards the wharf

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