Waterline Square Park Wins ASLA – NY Merit Award

We are very proud to announce that Waterline Square Park won the ASLA—NY Merit Award for General Design.

  • MNLA was the Landscape Architect for this innovative project.
  • AECOM—Tishman was the Construction Manager.
  • Sponzilli Landscape Group was the Landscape Contractor.

ASLA’s New York Chapter, ASLA-NY, awarded the Waterline Square Park Merit Award for this innovative and meticulously executed New York City project.

The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA)—NY

The American Society of Landscape Architects is the national professional association representing landscape architects.

ASLA’s goal is to promote, educate and advance the practice of Landscape Architecture. It works to set standards for professionalism while promoting innovative ideas.

ASLA-NY is the New York chapter of this Society. At the time it was founded, 1914, it was only the second chapter of the organization.

Today, the Chapter has over 500 members who help to promote smart planning and artistic design of our cherished cultural and natural environments in:

  • The five NYC Boroughs (Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx, Staten Island)
  • Nassau and Suffolk Counties
  • Putnam County
  • Dutchess County
  • Westchester County
  • Orange County
  • Rockland County

Waterline Square Park and Complex

GID Development developed Waterline Square Park Group. The entire project includes three residential towers inside a 2.6-acre park. The park is situated next to the Hudson River Park.

View of unique landscaping at Waterline Square Park

The entire Riverside Center complex covers eight acres and runs from West 59th Street to West 61st Street between Riverside Boulevard and Freedom Place South. They designed the space to include thousands of residential units, retail spaces, an elementary school, a public plaza, and a hotel.

Signe Nielsen, Founding Principal at Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects, is quoted as saying, “I consider myself a designer of places that must heal or in some way contribute to the environment. On every project, we ask: Does it bring people together in positive ways? Does it seem likely to endure?”

Waterline Square Park succeeds in all these endeavors.


The outdoor park is accessible from all residential towers and is open to the public, as well. Visitors and residents alike can enjoy the manicured lawns, innovative water features, intriguing pathways, and children’s playground.

In the summer of 2022, Waterline Square Park was home to several free events, including a film festival, live music and dance classes.

Sponzilli Landscape Group and Waterline Square

Sponzilli Landscape Group continues to play an important role in the new trend of incorporating green space into residential and commercial urban areas.

New Yorkers enjoy the beauty, serenity, and opportunities for revitalization that well-planned and executed green spaces offer.

For Waterline Square, Sponzilli brought in and planted over 200 large specimen trees and thousands of perennials that will thrive on Manhattan’s West Side.

Sponzilli also installed Geofoam terrain. Geofoam is an environmentally friendly product that is now used to help create a landscape architects’ vision for urban settings.

They also installed Corten steel edging and walls. This product offers important resistance to corrosion and can last from several decades to over 100 years. Known for its aesthetic qualities, Corten steel it is being used more and more in landscape designs and public parks.

Waterline Square isn’t your typical New York City park. It took a lot of innovation to create this magical and intriguing West Side oasis.

Other New York City Sponzilli Projects

Sponzilli Landscape Group is as an innovative commercial landscaping company. They are playing an ever-growing and important role in NYC landscape design.

Sponzilli offers the highest level of service as a commercial landscaping contractor. Their clients know they can count on Sponzilli to consistently provide excellent work.

Because of Sponzilli’s full commitment to every project — their clients can relax knowing the work will be done beautifully. Sponzilli earned their outstanding reputation over their 50 years of service.

Today, Sponzilli is one of the few landscape contractors with the knowledge, expertise, equipment, and manpower to take on a landscape project of the size and scope of Waterline Square Park.

Just some of the other exciting, trendsetting NYC commercial landscaping projects Sponzilli has played an important role in include:

  • NYU Langone Kimmel Pavilion
  • 420 Kent Avenue
  • Hudson Yards and The Spiral
  • One Sixty Madison
  • Staten Island Fresh Kills Park
  • Barnard College Diana Center

Sponzilli and Residential Landscaping

Sponzilli also creates sophisticated and lavish landscape designs for the finest residential homes in New York and Northern New Jersey.

Contact Sponzilli for innovative landscape design, urban and commercial landscaping, residential landscaping, outdoor living spaces, and more!

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