From November 2002 New York Times article:
Robert P. Balachandran faces a different challenge. Mr. Balachandran is president of the Hudson River Park Trust, created by state legislation in 1998 to design, construct and maintain a 550-acre five-mile park along the Hudson from Battery Park to 59th Street. The “parkland” includes
13 public piers and 400 acres of land under water.
“Our challenge is to complete a $400 million capital-construction program,” Mr. Balachandran said. Half that money has already been appropriated by the state, and as it is spent, it will add to the recreational facilities available in the area.
In the spring, a segment of the park is to open from Horatio Street to Clarkson Street, a distance of six-tenths of a mile. Three rebuilt piers — Nos. 45, 46 and 51 — will offer a children’s playground, a playing field with artificial turf, a half-acre lawn with natural grass and a continuous
waterfront esplanade. In the upland area between West Street and the piers, a width of 200 feet in some places, there are to be gardens, benches, lawns and a comfort station.
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Pictures of Pier 45
Hudson River Park‘s Pier 45. 3 July 2005.
Hudson River Park‘s Pier 45 on 28 June 2003, 3 years after the first picture on this page was taken.
Hudson River Park‘s Pier 45 on 29 May 2000.
Hudson River Park‘s Pier 45 on 12 January 2003.
Hudson River Park‘s Pier 45 on cold snowy day in January.