Have we been taking the quiet beauty of the great West Lawn of Riverside Park for granted? I have recently heard it said that “no one uses that part of the Park” between the old Pump House and Governor’s Lane. That statement apparently was being used to justify usurping most of the space, viewshed, and charm of the West Lawn for a giant new sewage pump station, modern and industrial in style, that would spread from near the old pump house to Governor’s Lane, as seen in this rendering, which was part of a 25-page presentation made to the Stockade Association Board on March 1, 2017:
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Not used? Not appreciated and valued?
To the contrary, we stroll by the West Lawn of Riverside Park on the Park’s one footpath. We play bocce and frisbee on it, and run with our dogs and children. We sit on benches to read, watch sunsets and crew sculls, tugboats and party boats on the Mohawk, and heron on the Isle of the Cayugas or Scotia shore. We have picnics there, or quiet dates on a blanket. We occasionally see wedding parties and fashion models being photographed in front of Governor Yates’ brick wall, and the unique ornamental wall at the foot of what is now St. George’s parsonage. We also enjoy a rare view of Stockade “backyards” — long, rolling or terraced yards of homes along Front Street.
. . above: view on Sunday, April 23, 2017 . .
. . above: two renderings of the proposed pump station . .
Click this link to see the 25-page March 1, 2017 Presentation to the Stockade Association Board, of the proposed North Ferry Pump Station Project, given by architect Frank Gilmore and CHA’s lead engineer Mike Miller. I hope there will soon be a full, objective discussion of the Plan and alternatives to it (e.g. reuse the old pump house and its present lot, or a different location, perhaps out of the floodplain), and I hope it will be led by the Stockade Association. To the right is a thumbnail image of a collage with salient portions of the March 1, 2017 presentation; click on it for a larger version, and feel free to download it or the Project pdf. file for distribution.
This slide show has photos of the West Lawn, with views of it and from it, as well as people enjoying it.
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. . a view from Scotia of the west end of Riverside Park (17Oct2013) . .
above: [L] Loraine and Devin make his first snowman just outside the fence of 29 1/2 Front Street, in 2009; [R] Devin’s snowman is a lone sentinel outside the fence of 29 1/2 Front Street, echoing the famous, feckless snowmen at the gates of the Stockade the night of the 1690 Massacre.