City of Amsterdam, New York
The Mohawk Valley Gateway Overlook reconnects the City of Amsterdam’s north and south side neighborhoods which were divided long ago by a utilitarian and pedestrian unfriendly arterial bridge. To infuse new energy into the City’s riverfront, Saratoga Associates created a comprehensive vision for a waterfront park system that reconnected the two sides of the Mohawk River.
The unique “Park over the River” theme for the pedestrian bridge extends a greenway across the Mohawk, including extensive landscape planting, viewing areas, and gathering spaces for large functions. A variety of interpretive elements highlight the history and culture of the City and its relationship to the Mohawk Valley Region. The bridge’s design vocabulary incorporates interpretive architectural and landscape architectural elements to celebrate the story of Amsterdam. The curvilinear bridge design establishes an artful ribbon that unifies diverse origins, perspectives, and places.
The project was designed in close coordination with the NYS Canal Corporation, the City of Amsterdam, and Congressman Paul Tonko; an Amsterdam native.