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Wildlife preserve on the Harlem

As part of the project, Columbia is also creating a small public park on the western edge of the Baker complex, at 218th Street and Indian Road. The new park, called Boathouse Marsh, will overlook scenic wetlands in an inlet of the Harlem River. Columbia has committed to restore and preserve the wetlands, which are a native habitat of wading birds such as the great blue heron and snowy egret; leopard frogs; ribbed mussels; and other wildlife that has largely disappeared from the Manhattan waterfront. Park visitors will be able to walk amid lush water gardens on a boardwalk that hugs the marsh’s perimeter; a nearby lawn will be landscaped with new trees, paths, and benches.

The park is being designed by James Corner Field Operations, the landscape architecture company that created the High Line aerial greenway in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood. It is scheduled to open next year.

A new park will overlook a restored wildlife habitat in an inlet of the Harlem River. / Courtesy James Corner Field Operations“This is going to be a beautiful place for families to come and enjoy the waterfront where previously there was no access,” says La-Verna Fountain, Columbia’s associate vice president for construction business services and communications. “We also have plans for Columbia faculty to involve local schoolchildren in the wetland restoration and in the monitoring of new habitat areas.”

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