High Line park to reopen this month with social distancing, limited capacity

Adam Warner
July 03, 2020 - 2:50 pm
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – The High Line will reopen to the public in two weeks with new coronavirus restrictions in place, officials said.

In a statement Thursday, Robert Hammond, the executive director of the High Line, said the park on Manhattan's West Side will reopen Thursday, July 16.

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“We are happy to be able to reopen the High Line and we invite our neighbors and fellow New Yorkers across the City to reconnect with the High Line and each other in a new way,” Hammond said. “Throughout the pandemic, we have really seen how important parks and public spaces are to our physical, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing.

“As New York City and our immediate neighborhoods continue to reopen and recover, we hope the High Line will bring comfort and happiness to all who are able to visit,” Hammond continued, also reminding people to wear a face covering if they visit the park.

Under new rules, the number of visitors will be limited and people must keep at least six feet apart.

Passes to the park will be available via a free timed-entry reservation system. Reservations will be available at thehighline.org starting on July 9.

"We’re going to be using a timed entry system. That’s going to help us minimize wait times and discourage groups from gathering at the entrance. It’s all going to be one way, so people aren’t going to be crossing," Hammond told 1010 WINS. "So that also makes it easier to social distance."

The park will also have limited hours—12 p.m. to 8 p.m. daily—and will only be open from Gansevoort Street to 23rd Street, with areas of the park to the north closed. The only entrance will be at Gansevoort Street; all other access points will be exit-only.

"When we first open we’re going to only open from Gansevoort, which is the southern end right where the Whitney is, to 23rd Street," Hammond said. "We want to see how that goes, and if that goes smoothly, we’ll be able to open it further in the coming weeks." 

While bathrooms and water fountains will be open, food vendors will still be closed.

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