Tree survey

Reconstruction of the Queens Approach to the bridge impacted the existing playground in nearby Francis Lewis Park. B. Thayer Associates provided MTA B&T with landscape architects to complete PS&E for relocation of the playground prior to construction so that use of the park would not be interrupted. The design was closely coordinated with the NYCDPR and B. Thayer Associates was responsible for the illustrative presentation to the New York City Public Design Commission.

Our team completed the field work necessary to provide a detailed survey of all trees over 4" caliper in the area of impact, as well as a new design for the playground and restoration plan for Francis Lewis Park. The removal and restoration plans included the replacement of basketball and handball courts, replanting of buffer, utility and archeological coordination, and detailed design of the new playground. The replanting scheme provides a buffer between the highway and the adjacent residential neighborhoods, and incorporates a variety of native plants.

The team also provided recommendations for protection and mitigation of existing trees as they are assets for the local community which must be preserved for future use. All tree work was coordinated with the NYCDOT Arterial Maintenance and NYCDPR Capital Forestry

B. Thayer Associates completed Construction Support Services which included shop drawing approval and RFIs, as well as construction inspection support.

Concept plan

Bronx Whitestone Bridge - Francis Lewis Park

Location: Queens, NYC

Client: MTA Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority