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WTC Liberty Park to open next week features sapling from Anne Frank’s yard

Posted at 5:13 PM, Jun 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-24 17:02:20-04

FINANCIAL DISTRICT, Manhattan — New York City will get its second elevated green space when Liberty Park on the World Trade Center site opens the morning of June 29.

The park sits on top of the World Trade Center’s Vehicle Security Center and overlooks the National September 11 Memorial Plaza and One World Trade Center.

Once the park is opened, construction will continue on the new St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, which will replace the original St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church that was destroyed on 9/11. The church will be located at the eastern end of Liberty Park, according to Santiago Calatrava architects, the firm that designed the new church.

A smaller scale version of the High Line, the park is meant to “provide workers, residents and tourists a tranquil setting,” according to a news release.

Nineteen planters with trees, shrubs and perennials will fill the park. A sapling from the original Anne Frank horse chestnut tree that grew outside of Frank’s house was planted in the park last spring, according to a news release.

Aside from the excitement of another elevated park, Liberty Park will also feature a Living Wall, a vertical garden space that runs along the north side of Liberty Street. The wall provides coverage of the Vehicle Security Center’s driveways, according to Port Authority.

The Living Wall is 336 feet long, 25 feet high and will be filled with 22,356 plants of six different varieties, according to a news release.

The park acts as a green roof for the Vehicle Security Center and has several other sustainable features including LED lighting and reclaimed teakwood used for guardrails and benches, according to a news release.