Officials will be taking to the river on Friday to celebrate the opening of Pier 25, a massive $40 million recreational complex containing volleyball courts, a futuristic children’s playground with spouting “water features,” a skate park with a clover bowl and hubba ledges, and a miniature golf course.
The Hudson River Park Trust is set to sign a contract with a vendor to operate the volleyball courts, miniature golf course and the snack bar, said David Katz, vice-president of marketing and events.
It may seem odd to open a park as the temps on the wind-whipped waterfront drop, but Katz said there was little reason to deprive hardy recreation buffs of the public facilities.
Exact dates as to when these facilities will open is not known.
“There’s a big volleyball community in New York and not a lot of places to play,” said Katz.
The operator will be asked to keep “open hours” and discounts for community groups that want access to the volleyball courts, and the Trust is stipulating that mini golf fees don’t top $7 a head, Katz added.
Nydia Loyd, 57, who’s been eyeing the transformation from her 38th floor window since the pier’s reconstruction began three years ago, is thrilled.
“This is tremendous!” gushed Loyd. “Tribeca is really family, sports and kids oriented and people are going to come from all over,” to partake in the new recreational activities, she said.
Loyd allowed that she hoped the park does not become too popular. “If there’s really a lot of noise – well, then I’ll let you know how happy I am.”