Pier C Park
Pier C Park is located along the Hudson River Waterfront Walkway in Hoboken, New Jersey and is part of the city's ongoing efforts to provide recreational open space at the water's edge. An active recreation pier designed to accommodate users of all ages, the new park complements neighboring parks in program and form.
The new pier sits within the rectilinear footprint of the original maritime Pier C, which was used as a parking lot but decayed and was abandoned. The sculptural quality of the landscape simulates the forms of a barrier beach while the interior breaks open to reveal a play landscape—a whimsical, miniature world designed to engage children of all ages and abilities. Pier C represents a new generation of waterfront programming, one defined by recreation and public access rather than industrial or maritime uses.
The playground is separated into a pre-school play area and a school-age play area including structures for climbing and hiding, slides, sand play, water play, rockers, and spinners. A continuous tricycle path loops through the interior of the play area and a park building is situated so that an employee can easily dispense toys to children.
The Promenade, at the eastern edge of the pier, is a beloved place for families and individuals to walk, run, and enjoy the view across the Hudson to Manhattan. In addition to lawns for sunbathing and casual games, there is ample seating along the water’s edge.
A planting scheme that strongly favors coastal species and the construction of a roosting structure for nesting osprey ensure that visitors experience wildlife up close.