After 14 months of landscaping, planting, and paving, the Battery Bosque park is now welcoming visitors to its shady benches and ornamental gardens. The 3.75-acre rebuilt bosque, located to the east of Castle Clinton in Battery Park, features new lighting, a refreshment kiosk, and crushed-stone pathways that tie together the park's monuments and promenade.
Its centerpiece is a circular stone fountain with 35 in-ground illuminated jets patterned in a spiral, designed by Weisz + Yoes Architecture. Also featured at the bosque is artist Luis Sanguino's 1973 restored bronze sculpture, The Immigrants.
The bosque (literally, "a small wooded area") officially reopened in August 2005, making it the 10th park completed through the 2003, $25 million Lower Manhattan Development Corporation (LMDC) contribution to refurbish downtown parks. The $8.5 million Battery Bosque reconstruction was funded entirely through the LMDC grant and brings to bloom more than 70,000 bulbs and 33,000 perennials, along with 140 London plane trees.
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