Planeview Park

By April 26, 2015blog
Southwest plane landing over the numbers

What follows are images taken at Planeview Park, a small plot of grass at the foot of LaGuardia’s Runway 4.

It’s a remarkable example of a very satisfying and low maintenance approach to park making, in contrast to some of the lovely but very expensive and maintenance-intensive parks of recent vintage: just some grass and trees; some benches & trash cans; and a steady spectacle for the watching.

Families gather, the kids run along the fence, the planes land close overhead, time is passed with satisfaction.

No interpretive signage, interactive artifacts, or infantilizing design elements required.

Planeview aerial mapPlaneview is part of the chain of open space created to install the runway approach lights, a peeling away of older structures in service to the technology of landing, with ragged edges and an adhoc feel that is typical of many projects in our fair city (and not without its charm)

Looking west at people hanging out and the airliner on finalLooking west at people hanging out and the airliner on final; it is a relief to be so close to airplanes without having to go through security…

North towards the tarmac, the chain link fence exaclty what you want here: kids running back and forth dragging sticks on it, watching the planes and cars, making noise, not a single bit of instruction or warning requiredNorth towards the tarmac, the chain link fence exactly what you want here: kids running back and forth dragging sticks on it, watching the planes and cars, making noise, not a single bit of instruction or warning required…

Southwest 737 on short finalSouthwest 737 on short final…

Southwest plane landing over the numbers Over the numbers…

Southwest plane touchdownTouchdown