Volunteers Working on the High Line

Greening the City
Volunteers Working on the High Line by John Roger Palmour

Image details - Volunteers Working on the High Line

Photographer: John Roger Palmour (see profile)
Competition: Competition 8
Category: Greening the City
Location: New York City, United States


This amazing park, created on a section of abandoned elevated railroad from the 1930s in New York City's Meatpacking District, would not exist without the determination and perseverance of two young men - Joshua David and Robert Hammond. They met at a community board meeting, developed their ambitious idea to preserve and landscape over a mile as a linear urban garden, and worked tirelessly for over ten years and against all obstacles, finally gaining the support of city leaders. Now the entire surrounding neighbourhood is being rejuvenated. Many of the species that originally grew on the High Line's rail bed are incorporated into the park's landscape by award winning garden designers Piet Oudolf and Diller Scofidio Renfro. The species of perennials, grasses, shrubs and trees were chosen for their hardiness, sustainability, and textural and colour variation, with a focus on native species.


3rd place - Greening the City