Swale Floating Park Returns This Spring

With spring officially here, it’s the perfect time to visit your favorite park. While there are plenty to choose from, there’s only one that floats on water. As reported by Time OutSwale, the collaborative “floating food forest,” which let visitors pick free produce last summer, is back with an updated design: a floating apple orchard and perennial garden. In a collaboration with Strongbow, the newly designed barge will set sail throughout Manhattan waters, hitting Hudson River Park, Brooklyn Bridge Park, and Concrete Plant Park.

Last summer’s Swale was built on a 130- by 40-foot floating platform and contained an edible garden. Its goal was to function as both a sculpture and a way of providing free healthy food to NYC residents. The artist behind Swale, Mary Mattingly, works in sculpture and photography that focuses on environmental, economic, and political change. In 2014, Mary created a partially-submerged houseboat on the Delaware river called WetLand that served as artists’ residences.

The new floating apple orchard and perennial garden begins its tour at Hudson River Park, Pier 25 from April 20 through June 15. Next, it will hit Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 6 from June 15 through August 1, and finally, it will conclude at Concrete Plant Park in the Bronx from August 1 through November 15.