Little Island Park, a public man-made park floating in the Hudson River in New York City, formally opened on Friday.
It provides natural spaces to explore and new venues for live performances and cultural events. Friday is the first day it’s open to the public.
The park, which sits on 132 tulip-shaped pods just off Manhattan and runs 4 miles, is mostly financed by media billionaire Barry Diller by The Diller/von Furstenberg Family Foundation.
The $260 million park features walkways, steel arches, a 687-seat amphitheatre, and over 350 species of flowers, trees, and shrubs.
“I hope Little Island will serve as a whimsical oasis for everyone who visits, a place to wander around and be happily surprised at every turn, to lounge and graze the landscape and to be entertained, educated and stimulated,” Diller said in a statement Thursday.
Noreen Doyle, acting president of the Hudson River Park Trust, called Little Island an “extraordinary contribution” that gives New York City a new tourist attraction.
“We can’t wait to see people discovering and enjoying the pier.”
The park saw its way through several lawsuits. It took intervention from New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to broker a deal between Diller and rival real estate billionaire Douglas Durst to revive the project at one point.
Organizers will offer their own independent arts program on the island, which will start in June.