High Line to open third section of the park this month

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CHELSEA (PIX11) — Friends of the High Line announced Thursday that the third section of the park will be open to the public by the end of September.

The High Line at the Rail Yards, which is northernmost section of the park, is scheduled to open Sept. 21, according to a statement by Joshua David, co-founder of Friends of the High Line. The announcement was made with the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation.

The new section of the park is located from 30th Street and 10th Avenue, to the curve near 12th Avenue and up to 34th Street. The space will feature innovative seating areas, newly planted trees and pathways installed in the High Line’s original rail tracks, the statement said.

Unlike the other sections of the park, the Rail Yards will also include self-seeded grasses and wildflowers that have grown along the tracks.

“There’s so much to experience in the Rail Yards section,” David said in his statement. “It’s truly spectacular.”

The grand opening of the Rail Yards section will be celebrated with a full week of programs, including music performances and educational talks. A full list of events can be found on the High Line’s website.

Check out how High Line at the Rail Yards looked in October 2011, above.