In The Battery, NYCEDC, in partnership with NYC Parks, BPCA and the Battery Conservancy, will invest $165 million to elevate the waterfront esplanade and integrate a grassy berm at the back of the park. This design will preserve the look and feel of the existing park while protecting it and the neighborhood from a 100-year storm surge in the 2050s. Construction will begin in 2021.
This project leverages the urgent need to repair and harden the esplanade as well as the ample open space in the park for adaptation to both projected sea level rise and storm surge. The City will also coordinate with the Battery Park City Authority to create a seamless line of protection from Battery Park City into the park to protect the communities behind it from flooding at the significant breach point that sits in the Battery. This design concept integrates climate adaptation with preservation of the park's historic character and active waterfront uses.