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Muscota Marsh

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ABOUT THIS PROJECT:

The Muscota Marsh will increase create new public access and new amenities on the waterfront at West 218th Street and Indian Road. The project will increase public access to the waterfront, restore and extend the area's native marshland adjacent to Inwood Hill Park, and create an opportunity for increased educational and recreational activities for the community.  

DESIGN FEATURES & SUSTAINABLE ELEMENTS:

  • Waterfront public access area to build on the natural history of the site and enrich the biodiversity of the Harlem River valley
  • Wildlife observation
  • Lawn and trees
  • Places to sit and picnic
  • Close relationship to the water's edge
  • Moss and fern covered wall along the southern edge of the site to create a cooler microclimate during summer
  • Bike racks
  • Entrances from Inwood Hill Park and from West 218th Street
  • Views into Inwood Hill Park, which borders the project site, shelters the oldest forest and only remaining salt marsh in Manhattan. The park restores and extends the native ecosystems of the valley.
  • The design targets wildlife that prefer locations where saltwater marsh and freshwater marsh are in close proximity-wading birds like the Great Blue Heron and Snowy Egret, leopard frogs and ribbed mussels (an important food source and indicator of the health of an estuary).
  • The diverse palette of native wetland plants proposed for park will provide excellent habitat as well as dramatic colors and textures, seasonal change, and an audible rustling of grasses that no longer exists along the river banks of Inwood Hill Park.
  • The fresh water marsh areas are organized in three tiers or chambers that progressively receive, treat and slow down stormwater runoff before it enters the tidal system, improving water quality in the river. 

LOCATION: West 218th Street and Indian Road

SQUARE FOOTAGE: 40,000 square feet

PROJECT SITE MAP: To view a map of the project site, click here.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

If you have any questions or concerns about this project, please e-mail projx@columbia.edu or call the Columbia University Facilities Services Center at 212-854-2222, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  

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