Capital Improvement Projects

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Renovation of the Statue of Liberty Main Mall and Lawn

Project: Renovate Statue of Liberty Main Mall and Lawns

What’s Happening?
We are excavating the tree panels that flank the Main Mall on Liberty Island and replacing the existing soil with structural soil, which is designed to better support high levels of foot traffic, as well as tree growth. The trees will be replanted in the panels with salt-resistant species, and the area will be repaved with brick pavers. Additionally, movable metal barricades that enclose the lawn around the monument will be replaced by a permanent fence and seating wall.

Why Are We Doing This Project?
Trees and Pavers: The trees that we removed from the panels were severely stunted and in poor health from their confined growing conditions and salt intrusion into the soil during Hurricane Sandy. Also, soil displacement from the expansion of their roots had made the walking surface above them uneven and unsafe for visitors. The new structured soil and pavers will allow the new trees and roots to grow unencumbered while maintaining a smooth surface for visitors to enjoy.
Fence: The high level of visitation to Liberty Island and the desire of our guests to approach the front of the monument make it all but impossible to keep the lawn surrounding Lady Liberty healthy and green. To preserve the turf, and the park-like setting of the statue, the National Park Service installed temporary metal barricades to prevent the trampling of the grass. This project will replace this temporary barricade with a more attractive and permanent metal fence. The fence will be behind the back of the existing seating wall around the lawn, so our visitors will still be able to pose for all those iconic photos with Lady Liberty.

How Will This Impact Your Visit?
While we are renovating the tree panels, there will be noise and construction activity in and around the Main Mall. There may be short-term temporary closures of parts of the Main Mall and Flag Plaza as work progresses.
The fencing portion of the work will temporarily disrupt pedestrian flow around the perimeter walks at times. However, at least parts of the walks will always be open for visitors to enjoy.

When Will This Happen?
Work on the tree panels is ongoing now. Work on the fence is scheduled to begin later this summer. The planned completion date for the whole project is in early 2018.
Perimeter Landscape Fencing Installation
Perimeter Landscape Fencing Installation
Main Mall Paving and Tree Restoration
Main Mall Paving and Tree Restoration
Arrival Mall and Flagpole Paving Restoration
Arrival Mall and Flagpole Paving Restoration

Last updated: August 17, 2017

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