Making a Difference for the High Line

The High Line is owned by the City of New York and is a public park maintained, operated and programmed by Friends of the High Line. They do so in partnership with the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation. The commitment of those like John Blondel Jr., who works with the Development and Investment Committees of the Friends of High line, really makes the difference.

If you’ve enjoyed time at the High Line, you’ll see the beautiful design of this place, converting each section of the High Line from a railroad whose time is past to a public landscape. The design of the area has been done in collaboration between James Corner Field Operations (Project Lead), Diller Scofidio + Renfro, and Piet Oudolf. All of the grasses, perennials, shrubs and trees were chosen for their hardiness and sustainability in the area.

The Netherland-based planting designer Piet Oudolf helped with much of the landscaping. For inspiration, he looked to the landscape that already existed and grew on the High Line when the trains stopped. As described on their website,

“The current park landscape reflects the original microclimates of the High Line. By basing the planting design on naturally created plant communities, we create a well-adapted, site-specific landscape, cutting down on water and other resources needed to maintain it.”