Project Overview


The purpose of the Community Plan for Southpoint Open Space was to develop an implementable plan that will guide the future of Southpoint Park and the Smallpox Hospital for the next ten years.  Community engagement was a key component of each phase of the design process, and ensured the Plan truly reflects the community's priorities, values, and vision.

The process, which began in March 2016, lasted a little over a year and included a variety of opportunities for public and stakeholder involvement.  The input from the community informed and guided the project, which resulted in the following efforts:

  • Community vision for Southpoint Open Space

  • Existing conditions analysis, including an assessment of opportunities to make improvements

  • Illustrative concept plan accompanied by various supplemental material

  • Implementation plan that includes:

    • Project prioritization/ phasing plan

    • Level-of-magnitude cost estimates

Project Background

The preservation of Southpoint Open Space for parkland was first proposed almost half a century ago in Roosevelt Island's General Development Plan.  It remained undeveloped in 2004 when the RIOC invited the Trust for Public Land (TPL) to initiate park creation efforts.  Following the development of a much approved Master Plan, the park was constructed and opened to the public 2011.

Constructed in 1856, the Smallpox Hospital was used as a hospital and medical center until its abandonment in the 1950s.  Its condition deteriorated until 1975 when it was designated as a historical landmark.  After a major portion of the north wall collapsed in 2007, the Hospital underwent a $5 million stabilization study that was completed in 2009.