Frank Gehry Sets His Sights on a New York Playground

7 June 2007 (Last Updated June 7th, 2007 04:32)

Renowned architect Frank Gehry, famous for his surreal designs such as the Museo Guggenheim Bilbao and the Marqués de Riscal Winery, is to will create a children's playground in New York. "We look forward to his brilliant addition to our world-class city," said New York Mayor Micha

Renowned architect Frank Gehry, famous for his surreal designs such as the Museo Guggenheim Bilbao and the Marqués de Riscal Winery, is to will create a children's playground in New York.

"We look forward to his brilliant addition to our world-class city," said New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg announcing the plans.

The playground will be located in Battery Park in Manhattan and will form part of a larger project that includes a four-acre garden, the restoration of the Castle Clinton fort and a bike path connecting east and west of the island. The centerpiece of the one-acre 'green' playground will be a public toilet with a green roof and organic walls.

Gehry's design plans for the playground are expected to be unveiled later this year. The project is estimated to cost $4m with the funds raised by the Battery Park Conservancy.