5. New, Naturalistic Wetlands Are Growing

Hunters Point South Park

For the second phase of Hunter’s Point South Park, resiliency was taken in a more naturalistic direction, known as “soft” design in architecture terminology. New wetlands, including the ones around the new island, abound. Both low and high marshes have been planted, and according to a press release, these new wetlands “enable shoreline bank erosion control and sediment stabilization. With an expanded plant palette, the wetlands also enhance water quality and promote wildlife and fish habitation.” The pink flags are to keep away the geese but according to Jacob Glazer, Landscape Designer at SWA/Balsley, the wetlands are growing in well.