Governors Island is getting a major makeover

Posted at 8:26 PM, Jun 18, 2013
and last updated 2013-06-18 20:26:19-04

Governors Island is getting a serious makeover.

Last week one of the oldest buildings came down making way for a modern, multimillion dollar park that will open next summer.  The park will be created on a 30-acre stretch of land that was previously off limits to visitors.

Next summer people will be able to enjoy a hedge maze, nearly two thousand trees, bike paths and water fountains.

Also in the works is an area to be aptly-titled “Hammock Grove,” where visitors can enjoy the breeze while reclining in one of the many hammocks.

Also planned — if funding holds out —  is the Liberty Terrace which gives a direct view of the Statue of Liberty’s face from a stone seating area.

The number of visitors to Governors Island during its 40-day season has grown from 8,000 in 2005 to 345,000 in 2012, according to Leslie Koch, president of the Trust for Governors Island.